KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO - SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2022, 22:11
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy states that Ukraine guarantees captured Russian soldiers civilised treatment, secrecy of circumstances of surrender and the opportunity not to return to Russia.
Source: Zelenskyy in the evening video-appeal
Quote: "Ukraine guarantees three things to each Russian soldier, who would surrender:
you will be treated in a civilised manner, according to all [respective] conventions;
no one will know the circumstances of your surrender, no one in Russia will know that your surrendered willingly;
if you are afraid to return to Russia and do not want to be exchanged, we will find a way to provide that too".
Details: Zelensky addressed the Russians in Russian language.
He emphasised that Russian commanders don't care about the lives of their citizens, they just need to fill the "empty places", after other Russian soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or simply escaped. And these places can be filled with "either with young IT-workers, who did not serve [in the army] at all, or by pensioners who served only in the Soviet army."
"Therefore, now is the key moment for all of you, the time when it is to be decided whether your life will end. It is better not to accept summons [to military enlistment offices] than to die in a foreign country as a war criminal. It is better to escape from a criminal mobilisation than to be crippled and then be at the court for your participation in the aggressive war. Surrendering to Ukrainian captivity is better than dying under the blows of our weapons, under absolutely fair blows, because Ukraine is defending itself in this war," the president emphasised.
He again stated that Ukraine will liberate all of its territories, emphasising that this also applies to Crimea.
On 21 September, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilisation of Russian citizens.
It is officially planned that 300,000 reservists would be mobilised. Later, it became known that there is a secret clause in the decree on mobilisation, which allows the Ministry of Defence of the country to call up a million people for the war.
On 24 September, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law amending the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, introducing harsher penalties for desertion, looting and surrender.
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