Ukraine Shares Video of Russian Soldiers' Barracks: 'Not a Tight Ship'

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The Ukrainian Defense Ministry posted a video mocking Russian soldiers for the squalor they left behind while retreating from a previously occupied part of Ukraine.

The video posted Thursday shows what appears to be an abandoned makeshift Russian barracks in the Ukrainian city of Izium. The video was filmed on September 8, according to the ministry, the same day Ukrainian forces announced they had reclaimed a large swath of northeastern Ukraine. Its release follows other revelations from Ukrainian forces of what Russia left behind in its retreat.

"Neatness is not the best virtue of the russian military," the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a tweet that included the video, noting that for some Russian troops their last day in Izium was "the last day of their lives."

Burnt Building in Izyum
A burnt building in Izium, Ukraine, on September 19, 2022. Ukrainian forces published a video showing the makeshift barracks used by fleeing Russian troops in the recently reclaimed eastern Ukrainian city. Oleksandra Novosel/Getty Images

The video shows the day's date on an improvised calendar wrapped around a clothes hanger. Pivoting to show the rest of the barracks, the video shows an old stool, clothes, helmets, empty plastic bottles and sanitary wipes strewn haphazardly.

"It was the last day when the Russians were here," the video's narrator said in its translated subtitles. "They ran away very quickly. This is where they lived. Here they ate, here they s**t. The second army of the world. Amazing."

The video continues pivoting from a wall of sandbags to a dark room littered with boxes and heaps of clothing, plastic and other items. Shelves in the back were shown stuffed with miscellaneous objects.

"Not really running a tight ship it seems," Twitter user Gargouille Lambert, Esq. reacted to the video.

Nagy Orsolya reacted to the video with a tweet saying, "It is more than simply not keeping the place in order. It is as if they are deliberately trying to create the biggest mess possible."

"It's like they went in with all their dirty laundry and trash from their houses in Russia and just dumped it wherever they ended up," Twitter user Raptor Jesus said in a tweet.

Ukrainian forces reclaimed more than 3,000 square miles of territory in the northeastern Kharkiv region during a counteroffensive that began in early September. The region includes Izium, a transportation hub used by Russia.

Russia's retreat from the region was disorganized, according to the Institute for the Study of War. The Washington, D.C., based think tank said the troops "likely withdrew from the area in great haste" and "failed to organize a coherent retreat."

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, had earlier said in a tweet that Russian troops left behind "half their equipment," including a tank. Ukraine's Defense Ministry also said it had recovered thousands of tons of ammunition left behind.

Ukrainian officials noted the discovery of more mass graves found in the wake of fleeing Russian soldiers. Officials reportedly found 440 individual makeshift graves in Izium that are being investigated as a war crime.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment.

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