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Russian troops are allegedly building walls using piles of rotting corpses as way to defend from Ukrainian bullets.
The shocking claim was made by Ukraine's military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov.
Russia has so far seen more than 100k soldiers killed in battle, with around 300k more thought to have suffered life-changing injuries.
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Speaking to United States-based news outlet ABC News, Budanov claims he was shown around Bakhmut in Donetsk in December.
The area has been called a “human meat grinder” due to the shear amount of losses suffered by both sides in recent months.
While there, Budanov was shown the sobering sight.
He said: “Soldiers showed me a section where dead bodies are piled up like something you would see in a movie.
“There are hundreds of dead bodies just rotting away in the open field, in places they are piled on top of other bodies like makeshift walls, when Russian troops attack on that field they use those bodies for cover, like a shield.
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“But it's not working – there are actual fields of dead bodies there.”
Despite going on for nearly a full year, Budanov doesn't see the battles ending any time soon.
In fact, he expects it to ramp up in the coming months – especially in March, where he claims Ukraine is planning a huge push.
He explained: “This is when we will see liberation of territories and dealing the final defeats to the Russian Federation.
“This will happen throughout Ukraine, from Crimea to the Donbas."
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“Our goal, and we will achieve it, is returning to the borders of 1991, like Ukraine is recognized by all subjects of international law.
“Russia is not a military threat to the world anymore, just a tall tale.
“(It is) a terrorist country swinging a nuclear bat at everyone and spewing threats.
“(It) is not a regime that has an ethical or political right to be in control of weapons of mass destruction.”
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