A conscripted Russian fighter threw himself from a 10th floor window one day before he was set to return to the frontline in Ukraine.
Mikhail Lyubimov jumped 100ft from the tower block flat he shared with his mother Natalia, who reportedly witnessed the tragedy.
Natalia, who works as a cleaner for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said her son had suffered from “panic attacks” and started drinking to cope with the fear of being sent back to Ukraine.
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Lyubimov was back in the Tsaritsyno district of Moscow on what was his first break from the action. He had been ordered to return the day following his suicide.
He had previously served as a conscript in the navy but was subsequently drafted in as a soldier in Vladimir Putin's army.
He was sent to the war in October. At the time, his long-term girlfriend Ksenia posted “you will return” on social media.
A local report read: “Natalia said she saw her son jump out of a window of their apartment on the 10th floor.
“The woman rang the police and ambulance, but the man could not be saved.”
His death comes following claims that Russian authorities are covering up a reported rise in suicides linked to the Ukraine war and Putin's mobilisation efforts.
There have been other documented cases of conscripts taking their lives rather than being sent to the frontline, although there are claims there are several more cases that authorities haven't made public.
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Vladimir Potanin, 46, from Kurgan, “killed himself with a razor blade” at a training facility in the Sverdlovsk region less than one week after he was mobilised.
Mobilised lieutenant Alexander Ivanov, 57, was found dead in a village in the Kursk region before he was due to leave.
Another man, 28, took his own life at a training facility in Vyborg on October 2.
A fourth, identified only as Denis R, 33, took his own life in Belgorod region shortly before he was due to be sent to Ukraine.
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