After soldiers loyal to Vladimir Putin’s Chechen guard dog Ramzan Kadyrov executed her husband, a widow joined the Freedom for Russia legion which makes up its ranks with defectors disgruntled with the tyrant’s invasion
The anonymous wife has remained anonymous, but appeared disguised in a clip shared by the Freedom for Russia legion.
The group is made up of troops who switched sides to Ukraine after becoming furious, fighting for the tyrants running Russia and Belarus.
In the video, the woman sits in front of the blue and white flag, which has become symbolic of the defector squad, and says: “We all need to stop the war together and bring true freedom to Russia. The Putin regime must be overthrown.”
“Stop tolerating the tyrant. Join our legion.”
The number of troops in the rag tag unit is unknown, but hundreds of Russians have crossed the border into Ukraine since the beginning of March, when the unit was set up.
The widow said she joined in May when soldiers of Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov executed her husband for refusing a direct order by not sending his men to the “slaughter”, The Times reports.
She was the first woman to join the unit and was given the callsign “First”.
Another famous face counts himself among the legion’s ranks.
Igor Volobuev, 50, a top boss at Russia’s third-largest bank Gazprombank, was horrified when Putin ordered the invasion of a sovereign territory and defected to Freedom for Russia.
In a call to arms, he said: “Guys from Russia – if you hate Putin’s regime and want Russia to become a free, democratic country, join us.
“I came here to defend my motherland.”
Many of the troops are former Russian prisoners of war who decided to switch sides when they were met with kindness from their Ukrainian captors on arrest.
After educating them on exactly what Putin’s so-called “special military operation” was, they defected.
News of the unit came amid reports of plummeting morale among soldiers fighting the Kremlin’s war.
Some were said to have refused orders or even turned their weapons on their countrymen and gunned down Russian planes.
In May, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on its Telegram channel that commanders have been visiting captured and surrendered Russian troops “in order to select those who wish to serve”.
In a follow-up post it said that the “first volunteers” had already started individual additional training.
The ministry stated: “Today the legion’s personnel, under the guidance of Ukrainian Armed Forces instructors, studied the NLAW grenade launcher.
“In addition, the commanders of the legion’s subdivisions got acquainted with the operational situation on the fronts.”
Members of the new legion have “expressed a common desire on behalf of all the volunteers to conduct the first battle against the guard dogs of the Putin regime – the Kadyrovites”.
Kadyrovites refers to Chechen fighters loyal to Putin ally Ramzan Kadyrov, who has backed the invasion with troops.
Ukrainian news site Bagnet says that “several hundred” Russians of all ranks had signed up for the legion.