A Russian soldier captured by his Ukrainian counterparts during the ongoing battle for Avdiivka - a frontline city in eastern Ukraine Moscow has been trying to conquer since October 10 - has provided a glimpse into the training given by Moscow to its troops.
The 25-year-old prisoner of war claimed to have been given only "a week" of training before being sent to the frontline.
With him, the soldier named Nikolai, said were around 30 others. After a day under the Ukrainian fire near Avdiivka, he believes that at least five of six have died and 15 more were injured.
On that same evening, Nikolai told AFP, he decided to surrender to Ukraine.
This comes as the British Ministry of Defence described as "plausible" the estimate made by the Ukrainian General Staff, which claimed Russia saw an average of 931 casualties per day on the battlefield in November.
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