18:04 Jul. 23, 2016
Intelligence says soldiers protested harsh treatment and disappearance of their smartphones
Russian soldiers stationed in the occupied city of Horlivka deliberately destroyed their artillery system to protest a theft of their phones and rough treatment from commanders. The incident was reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
In a Facebook posting the representatives of Ukrainian intelligence said Russian soldiers, dispirited by long stay on combat positions, lack of financial support and ill-treatment, intentionally burned down their BM-21 Grad - a truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher.
The Russian servicemen were reportedly indignant when their personal smartphones vanished and commanders explained it as security measures. Those who actively protested were arrested and locked up.