Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky addressed the Russians directly in their language on Saturday night to tell them that its president knowingly “sends citizens to their deaths.”
“It is better to refuse a recruitment letter than to die as a war criminal in a foreign country”
Zelensky urged the Moscow forces to surrenderassuring that the combatants would be treated “in a civilized manner” and that “no one will know the circumstances of the surrender.”
His message, in Russian, came just hours after Russia toughened the penalties for voluntary surrender and desertion in its ranks after ordering the partial mobilization of its population this week.
“It is better to refuse a recruitment letter than to die as a war criminal in a foreign country,” Zelensky said. “It is better to flee from a criminal mobilization, than to be crippled and then be judged responsible for participating in a war of aggression.“, he added.
“It is better to surrender to the Ukrainian army,” he insisted, “than to die in attacks by our weapons, just attacks by Ukraine defending itself in this war.”
Ukraine is managing to recapture more and more territory thanks to a counteroffensive launched in September.
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