Intercepted Calls: 27 July – 4 August

Posted on 05 August 2022



A collection of intercepted calls published by Ukrainian SBU and GUR in the last week. Discussing a variety of topics from white phosphorus use, to drugged commanders and generally poorly state of affairs. Important to note that none of the calls reveal the identity of the callers and the authenticity of the calls can be confirmed.

1. “Chechen and Afghan [wars] together were a nursery”

The Russian man tells his wife about the negative opinion he has of the authorities and the military command. In the end, he admits that the war in Ukraine is worse than the Chechen and the Afghan wars combined together, which is understandable given the amount of casualties that Russia is experiencing.

(R)=Russian man (W)=Woman


(R): I do not like our authorities.


(W): Shut up.


(R): Domestic politics.


(W): Vital’, shut up.


(R): There we go. The patriot has woken up.


(W): No. We will not be talking about this on the phone, okay? I know your position, you know my position. We can discuss it with you, but we will discuss it in person.


(R): […] The easterners had it good.


(W): What?


(R): They came here, got their a*ses kicked, and left. F*ck all. One f*cking week [they lasted].


(W): We were told that… a unit from Rostov, I can’t remember which one, was smashed, that they have almost no one left, and recruitment to it is huge now. They’re taking everyone.


(R): Everyone…


(W): I mean, the military.


(R): I know, they…


(W): They’re trying to sign contracts, because nearly the whole unit was destroyed.


(R): It’s so f*cked here, I’m telling you, Nik. Chechen and Afghan [wars] together were a nursery.


(W): Be careful, please.


(R): I’m careful! More careful than, I don’t know, some sloth.

2. Air defence was not ready.

In this call, the Russian soldier, laughing, tells his parents about a situation that occurred when the air defence crew were given a warning about the two Ukrainian planes coming to attack in the next 10-15 minutes, but the reality was that the strike already took place and the planes have already left. He also tells them about the use of white phosphorus.

(R)=Russian man (W)=Woman (R2)=Other man


(W): Hello?


(R): Hello. Hi. Today was funny. We were sitting today… we have a radio station here… and listening to conversations.


(W): Right. Conversations?


(R): Yes. And they are saying…our guys: “Air defence, be ready. Soon, within 10-15 minutes, two planes will come.


(W): Right.


(R): And then the next [response] transmission – “They’ve already worked at us and flew away! Over!” *laughs*


(W): And they [planes] came?


(R): What?


(W): Did they come or not?


(R): Yes, yes.


(W): What does it mean – worked at us? Bombed or what?


(R): Yes, yes. Air defence crew was told to prepare, but the hohols already came and worked at them and flew away *laughs*.


(W): And flew away… Right… Are the comms delayed? 


(R2): Sasha, they said they’ll be using napalm.


(R): What’s the point of napalm? No use for it…


(W): *unintelligible*


(R): There’s not even phosphorus. We’re smashing them with phosphorus.


(W): And they are like cockroaches, lively?


(R): Phosphorus, clusters. They don’t care. Well, of course they care about phosphorus, as everything is melting. 


(W): Right…


(R): But at least at night it looks beautiful!


(W): Mhm…

3. “The Ukrainian army is the strongest… the strongest army. In the whole world.”

In a call with his parents, the anonymous Russian soldier attempts to convince them that the Ukrainian army is not how it’s being portrayed on the Russian state TV, in fact saying it is the best army in the world. He explains to them how they are not told the full truth, and instead shown fairytales on TV.

(R)=Russian man (W)=Woman (R2)=Other man


(R): They [Ukrainians] are not afraid of the Russians at all, only the militias [DPR/LPR].


(W): Mhm…. so yeah, don’t be nervous, you have so many nerves, but you are… you’re coming [home] soon, and I’ll come.


(R): The Ukrainian army is the strongest… the strongest army. In the whole world.


(W): The hohols?!


(R): Yes. Yes. It’s true, it’s true. I’m telling the truth. They are not even afraid of your Russians… *unintelligible*… f*ck knows who.


(W): But when they are taken into capture, [as shown] on the Internet, they’re pu*sied out! 


(R): You just haven’t seen..


(W): They’re pu*sied out! From the Russians. Especially from the Chechens.


(R): Have you seen the losses at all? 


(W): We are not told the losses.


(R): F*cking hell.


(W): We’re not told the losses, not told at all.


(R): [Talking to someone next to him] It’s a tank working, f*ck off! Don’t be scared!


(W): Who is working there?


(R): Eh… Anyway… you don’t know much, fine.


(W): It’s obvious we don’t know much, we don’t know the truth. We are not told the truth, Seryozh.


(R): You are told fairytales.


(W): Obviously we are told fairytales.


(R): The best army is Ukraine. I’m telling you. The best army is Ukraine. 


(W): F*ck.


(R): Like…


(W): However sad this sounds.


(R): It’s true, it’s how it is, honestly. And even if ours are advancing, it’s with very huge losses, huge, huge, huge, huge.


(R2): [To a woman] I was telling you! But you didn’t believe me! But I was telling you!


(R): They’re cracking like nuts, I’m telling you. Our regiment was f*cked to pieces. The battalions are collapsing, the battalions are collapsing…

4. “I think they must be under some… LSD, or some other sh*t.”

The Russian soldier believes that his commanders must be taking some drugs, judging by their aggressive behaviour. It is unlikely to be what the soldier is claiming to be, but he nevertheless says they are at the very least drinking every day.

(R)=Russian man (W)=Woman


(R): The commanders here are… you know… f*cked in the head, shall we say… in the whole head… they can shoot you in the leg and nothing will be done do them for this. They’ll say – “accidentally, we were cleaning weapons, and accidentally fired. It happens! It happens in the war”. I’m telling you, they’re completely f*cked in the head. I think they must be under some… LSD, or some other sh*t.


(W): Easily.


(R): They’re always in such spritely state that… that… I just haven’t paid attention to the pupils. I should pay attention to the pupils. They are always like that… like… aggressive, you know? Only a drug addict can do something like that.


(W): Mhm.


(R): It’s something… that’s given to the soldiers, you know, like… that they can’t feel tired, pain… I think they’re under this sh*t. Or drinking vodka.


(W): If it was vodka, there would be smell.


(R): They’re drinking vodka all the time. Every other day.

5. “Oh, phosphorus is flying!”

In another example of the Russian army using white phosphorus to attack Ukrainian position, the Russian soldier tells his father that the use of banned weapons is not uncommon at all. He is not sure which device exactly is used to launch the phosphorus, however.

(R)=Russian man (R2)=Another Russian man


(R): Oh, phosphorus is flying!


(R2): Phosphorus is flying?


(R): Yep.


(R2): How far?


(R): I don’t know… It will be visible. The battalion commander flipped out, and decided to drown these bastards properly.


(R2): Are you hitting them with phosphorus or what?..


(R): Yeah!


(R2): 152? [mm]


(R): N-no… Grad’s are not 152. I can’t remember for phosphorus, either Grad launches it, or what…


(R2): According to Geneva Convention, the 152 is banned.


(R): Dad! You know how much is being used here, that is banned in principle?!

6. “One had his bones crushed, another had his bones crushed”

Two Russians soldiers are discussing their situation. One of them explains how he heard rumours that those units in defence will not be awarded any more medals, unlike those attacking. The other agrees and responds by saying how a lot of people are being sent forward to get killed. They also discuss briefly de-mining process.

(R)=Russian man (R2)=Another Russian man


(R): Are you advancing over there or not?


(R2): Naaah.


(R): They say that many here won’t be getting medals anymore, or they’ll be taken away from those who are in defence, not in attack.


(R2): Obviously, they’re just sitting. They’re [those attacking] being sent, between 20 and 200 people to death.


(R): It’s for the artillery to find out.


(R2): 30 people, 100 people entered… of the “easterners”, they’ve all been killed.


(R): Right… What’s it all about that they say how one guy with you had his leg torn off? He blew up on a mine?


(R2): Yes, two days ago. 


(R): Two days ago? Nah, that was before, they said… I remembered.


(R2): Before that, when we were attacking, we had six 200’s [dead] and six 300’s [wounded]… one had his bones crushed, another had his bones crushed, the leg was just hanging… We were just walking and de-mining these f*cking… *unintelligible*… not de-mining, but throwing them into bushes from the road…


(R): Are you at least remembering where you’re throwing them? We’ll soon come to collect the scrap *laughs*.


(R2): They’re already collecting scrap here… tanks, BTRs and sh*t.


(R): Right… Ridiculous sh*t they made up… the special operation, f*ck knows who’s defending from whom, f*ck.

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