Russian Soldiers' Wives Demand Answers After Ukraine Retreat

A video allegedly showing Russian soldier's wives demanding an explanation following the retreat of Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces in Ukraine has gone viral.

The video was shared on Twitter by user Dmitri, who is with WarTranslated, an independent project concerned with translating various materials about the war into English.

The video, posted on Wednesday, has so far been viewed more than 150,000 times and shows a group of women speaking in a meeting to a man who is supposedly a city administrator about the ongoing conflict.

"Wives of mobilised soldiers from Kursk caught in an argument with the city administration," Dmitri wrote as a caption.

"The men were sent to the frontline, their units were destroyed piece by piece, so some retreated to Starobils'k. Note the language used by the administration representative," he wrote.

The women in the video ask for details regarding Russian forces retreating in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.

Russian forces are also currently engaged in a retreat in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.

According to the British Ministry of Defence, this could leave Russian soldiers "vulnerable" to attack from Ukrainian troops.

"The situation is as such, our husbands reached out today for the first time in a week, asking for help," a woman in the viral video said according to the translation.

"They describe the situation as such: They're not all thrown in there, but transferred in parts. I know that their [commander] is Major Soldatov.

"He has an order he is following, sending them in parts. No one is coming back."

Newsweek has not been able to independently verify these claims, or verify when the footage was taken.

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Russian soldiers patrol a street on April 11, 2022, in Volnovakha in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. The wives of soldiers have allegedly demanded answers regarding the fate of their husbands in a video that has gone viral. Getty

She continued: "I just have one question, can this be somehow stopped until the circumstances are clarified?

"So someone could give him an order, so they wouldn't be thrown in there like meat."

Another woman interrupted to say that the men are being put on the frontline in the fight against Ukrainian forces.

The first woman argued that no one knows what is happening, specifically to men that do not return from the front lines.

The alleged city administrator began to address their concerns and said that soldiers are given orders to defend vulnerable areas.

A woman in the group argued that these newly mobilised Russian men should not be on the front lines. The city administrator questioned why this woman thought this would be the case.

The viral video then skips to another part of the meeting where the supposed administrator and another woman in the meeting get into a heated argument.

The pair begin shouting in one another's faces, with the man questioning why the woman is there, to which she replies she is hoping to save the lives of the men who have gone to Ukraine.

In response he says: "Take an assault rifle and defend them!"

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.