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Video appears to show Russian soldier crying during video call with his mother

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  • A video has emerged on social media of what appears to be Ukrainians taking care of a Russian soldier.
  • The video shows a man in military gear eating a pastry while being allowed a video call with his mother.
  • At one point, the man cries as the caller says, “It’s okay, son.”

A video that appears to show a captured Russian soldier receiving food from Ukrainians and making a video call to his mother has gone viral on social media.

In a video tweeted Wednesday by Matthew Luxmoore, a Wall Street Journal reporter in Moscow, a young man in military fatigues is seen drinking a beverage and eating a pastry. A woman is also seen holding a phone in front of the soldier, apparently waiting for a video call to connect.

Meanwhile, an off-camera man says in Ukrainian: “They give their children as cannon fodder. They don’t know where they’re going, they’re wandering around. Get up, woman! You all have to get up and bring Crimea up on Stand up! You see your son is alive, nothing bad will happen to him.

Once the video call is connected, the woman holding the phone speaks to a caller named Natasha in Russian, telling her that “everything is fine”.

The man then appears to crumble at the sight of the other person on the call. A female voice at the roll call then says, “It’s alright, son. It’s alright.”

“Okay, Natasha, good luck, God be with you. It’s okay. Say goodbye,” the woman holding the phone says to the man’s mother.

“How can I get him back?” the caller is heard asking.

“They’ll contact you, Natasha. He’s safe and sound. They’ll contact you later. Say goodbye,” the woman said.

Although the man doesn’t appear to say anything in the video, he blows a kiss on the phone screen before the call ends.

Since Luxmoore uploaded it, the video has received over 26,000 shares and 2.8 million views at press time.

On Tuesday, a senior US defense official told reporters that declining morale had led some Russian troops involved in the invasion of Ukraine to surrender “without a fight” to the local forces.

Insider’s live blog on the Russian invasion of Ukraine covers developments as they occur.