I was drafted to fight in Putin’s genocidal war and my buddies have already been killed – I’m desperate to escape to the UK

A YOUNG Russian conscript drafted to fight in Putin’s “genocidal” war has spoken of his desperate attempt to evade conscription and flee to Britain.

Vadim, 22, of Kaliningrad, Russia, had his papers delivered a few days ago and was instructed to report to his local draft office on October 4th.

Vadim says he fears for his life after being drafted into Putin's army and has days to evade conscription

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Vadim says he fears for his life after being drafted into Putin’s army and has days to evade conscriptionPhoto credit: Instagram
Vadim says his friends have already been killed at the front

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Vadim says his friends have already been killed at the frontPhoto credit: Instagram

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Vadim says he will do everything to avoid being sent to Ukraine and become “cannon fodder” and even wants to go to the UK.

He fears he will meet the same fate as his friends, who have already taken up arms and been killed after only two weeks at the front.

He told The Sun: “My friend, he was 21 years old, Eduard, I didn’t know he was in Ukraine.

“He was sent to the war zone and killed by a mine two weeks later.

Insights into Russia's chaotic mobilization with rusted guns and tanks from the 1950s
Vlad's drunken recruits fight EACH OTHER and drink vodka while being sent to the front lines

He added: “My plan is to do everything possible to avoid mobilization.

“I will do literally anything, including putting myself in a psychiatric hospital.

“I don’t want to go to war and being in the UK would allow me to avoid it.

“I will not kill Ukrainians. I do not want to kill.”

The boy, who trained as a radiographer but now works in a bar, has only ever done compulsory 12 months of military service.

And says that despite a knee injury, he passed with the highest fitness category and is now being sent to the front lines.

He said: “I have no military training. I can’t shoot.

“I did sports, but I have a knee injury and I couldn’t even walk for a long time. My knee hurts a lot.

“The pain is even worse after running – but the last time I was at the enlistment and draft office I was 17 years old.

“They turned a blind eye to that [injury] and gave me the highest fitness category.”

Last week, Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 Russian troops to salvage his chaotic attempt to invade neighboring Ukraine.

In February, Russian troops stormed across the border intending to take Kyiv, but have since been pushed back by President Zelenskyy’s heroic forces.

US officials estimate that around 500 Russian soldiers are killed every day in Ukraine’s blitz counterattack as they fight to retake the eastern part of the country.

With the number of soldiers rapidly declining, Putin was forced to call up conscripts across Russia — prompting a major backlash.

Footage showed conscripted Russians fighting and getting drunk in barracks while others set fire to conscription offices to avoid conscription.

Conscripts received no training before being transported to the front and given rusty guns and 60-year-old tanks.

Russian conscripts were rounded up and sent to military training camps before going to the front in Ukraine

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Russian conscripts were rounded up and sent to military training camps before going to the front in UkraineCredit: EPA
Many have attempted to evade the draft through loopholes, but most have been unsuccessful

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Many have attempted to evade the draft through loopholes, but most have been unsuccessfulCredit: EPA

Vadim, who provided The Sun with his own draft papers, says no one can escape Vlad’s terrifying draftee recruitment.

He says troops even swept through parking garages to distribute draft letters to fleeing Russians.

He said: “My mother says to report to the draft office because she is afraid I will be arrested if I don’t do it.

“But if I do that, it means I’ll be sent to the front.

“There are many of my friends, colleagues who leave their registration places so that they cannot be found.

“Today we saw an Instagram video – the military came to the place where cars are registered with the traffic police.

“The entire parking lot was immediately empty, everyone ran away because they came to make subpoenas.

“A 22-year-old man has been featured on local news who, according to his records, has schizophrenia. But was subpoenaed.”

The Kremlin faces fierce opposition from its own people, who believe the war in Ukraine is unjustified.

Either way, it’s certain death. I will not kill. These are my brothers, I will not kill them.

Vadim Russian conscript

This week Putin announced the annexation of four conquered Ukrainian regions – Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.

The land grab, believed to be the largest since World War II, signals a terrifying new phase in his seven-month war.

The Russian leader vowed to “defend our country by all means” – and said the people living in the stolen Ukrainian regions are “our citizens forever”.

Vadim said: “I firmly believe that hostilities will continue and people will be sent to the front.

“As soon as the cannon fodder runs out at the front, they call us, the untrained.

“I still have three days before I go to the police station.”

He now vows to do anything to avoid being dragged to the front, leaving his mother and little brother behind.

He says he will now try to get to the UK because he “doesn’t want to kill”.

“And I know if I don’t do it, I’ll be killed or they’ll imprison me.

“Either way, it’s certain death. I won’t kill. These are my brothers, I won’t kill them.”

A conscript opened fire on Monday at a recruitment center in the city of Ustllimsk, Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia

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A conscript opened fire on Monday at a recruitment center in the city of Ustllimsk, Irkutsk in Siberia, RussiaPhoto credit: Avalon.red
Vadim is now desperately trying to avoid being sent to the front lines as

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Vadim is now desperately trying to avoid being sent to the front lines as “cannon fodder”.Photo credit: Instagram

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