Yes, and I bet

YOU would be desperate not to be cannon fodder for Putin’s gambit to take Ukraine! And Russia has a long history of being willing to overwhelm adversaries by throwing MASSIVE numbers of soldiers into the meat grinder.

Yes, dulce et decorum est pro patria mori* and all that, but it kind of rings a bit hollow here, doesn’t it?

As the war grinds into its second winter, a growing number of Russian soldiers want out, as suggested in secret recordings obtained by The Associated Press of Russian soldiers calling home from the battlefields of the Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Ukraine.

*it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country