Civilians have been streaming out of the southern Ukrainian city whose recapture they had celebrated just weeks earlier but which has come under days of Russian artillery attack.
Shivering Russian troops told to take inspiration from explorer who cut out his own appendixMargarita Simonyan, the chief propagandist at Russia Today and cheerleader of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has issued some unusual advice for Russian troops shivering in trenches.
In a rebuke of soldiers complaining about low morale, she called on the army to get "stricter" and then recounted an anecdote about a "real man" - a Russian explorer who cut out his own appendix in the Antarctic:
She appears to have been referring to Leonid Rogozov.This is war...some things must be endured. Let's get used to the fact that we need to treat ourselves stricter, stricter. A real Russian man was a surgeon of an Antarctic expedition who cut out his own appendix because he was the only doctor there. He operated for two hours in terrible pain. He cut out his own appendix, stitched himself up and removed the stitches from himself a few days later.
Lol - ... everything going to "plan" for the Russian Army then!