A Russian soldier wounded in Ukraine says the army saved his officer but broke a promise to return for him

Ammunition is stacked outside a destroyed school on the outskirts of a recently liberated village on the outskirts of Kherson in southern Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.

Ammunition is stacked outside a destroyed school on the outskirts of a recently liberated village on the outskirts of Kherson in southern Ukraine on November 16, 2022.AP Photo/Bernet Armangue, File

  • According to footage seen by CNN, Ukrainian troops found a wounded Russian soldier being evacuated to Kherson.

  • The soldier said his comrades told him they would come back for him, but only saved their officer.

  • “They said they would come back for me but no one came,” he said.

A wounded Russian soldier who was found by Ukrainian troops in Kherson said his forces told him they would return for him when they rescued his commander, but they never did.

A Ukrainian reconnaissance unit recorded the moment they found the soldier, and shared it with CNN.

In the footage, Ukrainian soldiers enter a Russian command center on the outskirts of Kherson and find a soldier with a wounded leg, according to CNN.

Ukrainian soldiers tended to his wounds and the man described how his fellow soldiers abandoned him, according to CNN’s summary of the footage.

“We got trapped here and everybody ran,” he said, according to CNN.

“I fell and lay there till evening. They came and took my captain and that was it. They said they would come back for me but no one came.”

It is unclear when the exchange took place. Russian troops began to leave the major city in early November, and Ukraine retook it on 11 November.

The city was the largest Russia managed to capture in its invasion, and Putin declared Kherson to be a formal part of Russia along with other occupied regions of Ukraine. Its loss was therefore a particular humiliation for Putin and the Russian military.

CNN reported that the Ukrainian unit said the Russian soldier was brought to safety and treated.

Ukraine has not commented on what it will do with the soldier. Ukraine has traded some prisoners of war for its own soldiers held by Russia, and Ukraine has also previously said it would prosecute some it captured.

Other reports also outline Russians leaving wounded soldiers behind in Kherson.

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