Russian paratrooper, Pavel Filatyev, tells CNN what he has experienced fighting the war in Ukraine …and the guilt of being used in “political games.”

He is the first serving member of the Russian military to publicly criticize the invasion of Ukraine and fortunately (for him) is safely out of the country.


“I am not afraid to fight in war. But I need to feel justice, to understand that what I’m doing is right. And I believe that this is all failing not only because the government has stolen everything, but because we, Russians, don’t feel that what we are doing is right” he said.


Given Putin’s habit of poisoning his enemies, he’ll have to watch over his shoulder for the rest of his life.