On Saturday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed directly to the Russians, asking them not to take part in the fighting.
“You will be treated in a civilized manner… No one will know the circumstances of your surrender,” Zelensky said in Russian, addressing the Russian soldiers.
This speech comes a few hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed amendments that stipulate a prison sentence of up to ten years for military personnel who desert or refuse to fight during the mobilization period, which is currently in force.
“It is better to reject the letter of conscription than to die in a foreign land,” Zelensky said, adding, “Escape from the mobilization is better than being paralyzed and then convicted in a court.”
“It is better to surrender to the Ukrainian army than to be killed by the strikes of our weapons, fair strikes from Ukraine, which is defending itself,” he said, addressing the Russian soldiers.
Russia replaced its army’s logistics chief on Saturday after the Ukrainian army recaptured several Russian-controlled areas.
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