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As the conflict in Ukraine has developed, reports have repeatedly emerged of Russian troops sabotaging their own side by looting spare equipment, selling fuel, and allegedly killing their own commander. According to GCHQ director Sir Jeremy Fleming, “Russian command and control is in chaos” as the plane was reported to have been shot down by friendly fire.

Mr Fleming is expected to speak to an audience in Australia tomorrow to say: “We have seen Russian soldiers – lacking weapons and morale – refuse to carry out orders, sabotage their own equipment and even accidentally shoot down their own plane.”

A video has now been shared on Twitter and Telegram by pro-Ukrainian outlets of angry young Russian conscripts lashing out at their leaders for giving them weapons from the 1940s.

Troops from the “119th Division, 4th Battalion, 1st and 2nd Company” could be heard repeatedly asking “what are we doing here?” because they claim they are “ordinary workers”.

One soldier added: “The Russian Ministry of Defense doesn’t know about us or what we are doing here.

“They threw us straight in the dirt.”

Another angrily stated: “They illegally took us out of Russian territory without weapons, without documents, without anything.

“They sent us with rifles against GRADS, artillery, mortars.”

He added: “Our guns date back to the 1940s. They don’t shoot!”

The Russian regime has been criticized for sending untrained young conscripts into the conflict when soldiers can be heard saying: “They took us at 18…Children. We’re just kids.”

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Sir Jeremy said: “We know the Putin campaign was beset with problems – low morale, logistical failures and the high number of Russian casualties.

“We have seen Putin lie to his own people in an attempt to hide the military’s incompetence.”

Michael Ryan, Former Undersecretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, ipadnewsed his view to Fox News Digital that the Russian side had reached a “breaking point”.