Intercepted Call: “I keep thinking, maybe I should shoot myself in the foot”

Posted on 27 August 2022



In this intercepted call we find how a Russian soldier who was only been in Ukraine for a month is already looking for ways to get out. He plays with an idea of shooting himself in the foot or breaking his arm, though the chances of getting sent home are slim. The woman on the other end of the call is supportive of his desire.

(R)=Russian man (W)=Woman


(R): I keep having these thoughts here, like, of course it’s nonsense, I won’t do that, because I know myself. But I keep thinking, maybe I should shoot myself in the foot.

(W): F*ck I was thinking about it too yesterday, Pasha said – “Let him shoot himself in the foot and go home”.

(R): They won’t let me home. They’ll take out the bullet, heal it up and send me back.

(W): So the fact that that guy broke his arm and was sent home, that’s normal? That counts?

(R): Ehh f*ck knows, if you get lucky…

(W): But he was sent home.

(R): I was also thinking to break my arm, I was thinking to get drunk…

(W): Break your finger and that’s all.

(R): Nah, they won’t send [home] with a finger.

(W): Damn.

(R): It’s a strange thing but I hope it will end soon. I’m already sick of it, it’s driving me nuts. I want to go home. And I can’t stand this anymore even though I’ve only been here for a month, while some guys for six months.

(W): Break each other’s arms and go home.

(R): I really want it.

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