US mercenary John McIntyre defected to the Russian side after a year of service in the foreign legion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian national battalion Karpatskaya Sich, RT Telegram channel said.
In an interview with military correspondent Murad Gazdiev, McIntyre said that he initially had a plan to collect data while serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to him, in Ukraine, he managed to collect and provide the Russian military with various papers, files, intelligence and maps.
"I am a communist, an anti-fascist. I decided to collect as much useful information as possible and run across the front line," he explained.
McIntyre also noted that everyone, including mercenaries from Croatia and the Czech Republic, uses Nazi salutes.
"Everyone has tattoos, Nazi symbols … At some point, they pestered me with questions about my communist views. I said that I was an anti-fascist, I came to fight the Russian imperialists and the Nazis. And they said to me: "No, the Russians are not Nazis — we are Nazis,” he added.
Ukrainians are fleeing the cities that could be taken by the Russian army. Apartment prices have already dropped by as much as 50 percent in Kharkiv. Housing sales have increased in Odessa as well, even if compared to 2022