A disillusioned Russian soldier gave up his tank for £7,500 and Ukrainian citizenship, it has been claimed.
One of Vladimir Putin's troops ordered to fight his war is said to have waved a white flag after not 'seeing the point' of the continued invasion.
Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Victor Andrusiv said on Facebook that a soldier named Misha was the last in his tank and afraid of being shot by his own commander if he fled the battlefield.
A meeting between Misha and Ukrainian forces had been arranged after the soldier contacted the same army he was sent to kill and drone footage later confirmed he was alone, the Mirror reports.
Mr Andrusiv said: “A few days ago Misha called us. We passed the information to the military intelligence. They marked the place and he arrived. The drone checked that he was alone.”
Mr Andrusiv claimed Misha will receive the cash reward at the end of the war.
Meanwhile he has been given a TV, telephone, kitchen and shower, the minister added, and will be given the opportunity to apply for Ukrainian citizenship.
Mr Andrusiv said Ukrainian forces regularly send text messages to Russian soldiers, offering them a way to surrender and hand over equipment, having identified the phones and Ukrainian telephone numbers they are using.
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In his Facebook post, he added that: "It turned out that there was only one left from the tank crew, the rest escaped home. He didn't see the point of war."
He said Misha could not return home as his commander was shooting deserters.
"Misha said that there was almost no food left, military management is chaotic and practically absent. Demoralization is colossal," he added.
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It is the latest embarrassment to Moscow amid widespread dismay at the targeting of Ukraine civilians.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky defiantly declared his forces were killing up to 1,000 Russian soldiers a day.
Ukraine, which at the beginning of the month is thought to have lost around 3,000 troops, also claims hundreds of Russian tanks, armoured vehicles, helicopters and fighter aircraft have been destroyed.
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