Russian conscript Nikolai Polshchikov, a Russian prisoner of war captured by the Ukrainian army, has turned to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and urged him to end the war against Ukraine, in a briefing published on March 14 by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
“God grant that all this ends soon,” Polshchikov said, sitting at a table with other Russian conscripts who have been captured by the Ukrainian military. Polshchikov was not under guard, and in uniform.
“So that all the servicemen of the Russian Federation who were deceived here are returned home. And this order is issued. So that we all be at home and never return to this country. We need to stop all this, Comrade President; this needs to end.”
Russian conscripts, not only volunteer, or contract, soldiers, have been discovered as part of the invading Russian forces, contravening Russian law. After first denying the presence of conscripted soldiers in the invading force, Russia then acknowledged their presence. Reportedly, Putin has directed military prosecutors to investigate and punish officials responsible for violating this Russian law.