Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UN has read out what he claimed was the final text message conversation between a Russian soldier and his mother.
In the text messages, the soldier tells his mother that the Russian troops were told they would be welcomed in Ukraine but instead are being called fascists.
He also says Russian bombs are targeting civilians.
Russia’s UN Ambassador rejected the conversation as “fake news”.
Reading from what he said was a transcript of the message conversation in the UN General Assembly, Ukraine Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said it began with a question from the soldier’s mother.
“Alyosha, how are you doing? Why has it been so long since you responded? Are you really in training exercises?” she writes.
“Mama, I'm no longer in Crimea. I'm not in training sessions,” the soldier responds.
“Where are you then? Papa is asking whether I can send you a parcel.”
“What kind of parcel mama, can you send me?”
“What are you talking about, what happened?”
“Mama, I'm in Ukraine. There is a real war raging here. I'm afraid. We are bombing all of the cities together, even targeting civilians. We were told that they would welcome us and they are falling under our armoured vehicles, throwing themselves under the wheels and not allowing us to pass. They call us fascists. Mama, this is so hard.”
Mr Kyslytsya told the assembly the solider as killed “several moments” later.
He claimed that 30 Russian soldiers have been killed for every member country in the assembly.
Russia's Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, claimed that Russian the number of fakes being published by media outlets and social is “staggering”.
He said around 1.2 million pieces of “fake news” have been published online, adding: “The correspondence that was read out by the Ukrainian ambassador is also part of these”.
Main image is a split-screen of a Russian tank and the Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya.