In wars casualties usually occur, with some frequency, due to shootings between forces of the same side due to confusing situations.
A precipitous and panic-stricken withdrawal can lead to such situations, and such withdrawals have been seen lately in the Russian ranks in the face of the Ukrainian counter-offensive. An example of this is a video broadcast today by the Ukrainian Telegram channel Sternenko. The footage shows five Russian soldiers (the four in the video and the one holding the camera) fleeing in a boat from the west bank of the Dnieper River in Kherson and being shot at. by other Russians from the opposite bank. "In the video, one of the occupants can be heard screaming that he was injured", Sternenko notes:
You can see here some screenshots of the video, with some details of what happened. At the beginning we see one of the Russian soldiers throwing what looks like a grenade at another boat, perhaps to disable it and prevent it from being used by Ukrainian forces.
A few seconds later, one of the Russian soldiers fired at the boat they left behind, perhaps to finish disabling it.
These shots seem to alert the Russian troops on the eastern bank of the Dnieper, who begin firing at the Russian soldiers on the boat. They wave at them and yell at them not to shoot them. From the helmets, the uniforms (with Multicam-style camouflage) and the weapon (equipped with a silencer) it seems that they are members of a Russian special operations unit.
In a clip of the video we see one of the Russian soldiers on the boat wearing a plastic-injected patch with the "Z" that became so popular with Russian troops in the invasion of Ukraine.
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