Russian soldiers are surrendering en masse

4 October 2022, 04:52 PM
Russian invaders (Photo:Ukrainian intelligence)

Russian invaders (Photo:Ukrainian intelligence)

Over the past few weeks, more than two thousand requests to surrender have been received by Ukrainian authorities from Russian soldiers, Ukrainian military intelligence spokesperson Andriy Yusov said on Ukrainian state-owned TV channel Freeдом on Oct. 4.

According to him, this surge was observed after Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast and the announcement of partial mobilization in Russia.

“Back then, we started to receive calls not just from soldiers who are on the territory of Ukraine as a part of the invading forces, but also those who either just got mobilized and are still on the territory of Russia, or their relatives, or even people who suspect that they can be mobilized, and are clarifying this information just in case,” Yusov said.

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“In a few weeks, we have already received more than 2,000 such requests.”

Yusov also spoke about the “I Want to Live” project, created by the Ukrainian government to help Russian service members safely surrender to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A 24/7 hotline exists to assist Russian soldiers in laying down arms, available to the soldiers themselves, or their relatives.

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