CNN released audio on Monday of relatives of Russian soldiers who called a hotline in Ukraine dedicated to finding out what happened to Russian soldiers who went missing during the war.
More than 6,000 calls from family and friends in Russia, across Europe and the United States have so far been made to the “Comeback From Ukraine Alive” service, which was set up by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry after the Russian invasion, according to the network.
“Hello, is this where we can find out if someone is alive?” a woman asked the operators. Others lamented that their loved ones were forced into military service and used as “cannon fodder” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We will help find their loved ones who have been deceived and who, without knowing where or why they are going, end up in our country,” an employee of the service told CNN. Another goal of the hotline was to “deliver the truth” to Russians who “don’t really know what’s going on in Ukraine”, she added.
Listen to the audio here: