Zelenskyy urges Ukrainians to leave Russia-occupied areas

20 October, 12:10 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Ukrainians in Russia-occupied territories in eastern and southern Ukraine should leave, as Moscow plans to start forcibly “mobilizing” men there soon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during his evening address on Oct. 19.

Zelenskyy advised people living under Russian occupation to try and avoid getting “conscripted” into the Russian army, by any means.

“Try to leave occupied areas,” said the president.

“If aren’t able to do that, and find yourselves in the Russian military – seek to lay your weapons down and cross into Ukrainian positions at first opportunity. Above all – stay safe, and help our fellow countrymen near you.”

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Zelenskyy also commented on Russian dictator Vladimir Putin “declaring” martial law in occupied Ukrainian Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, and Donetsk oblasts, saying Russia has finally admitted it’s engaged in a war – something the Kremlin has denied for eight months, referring to its invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation,” instead.

“(Russian) invaders brought war to our lands, repeating their facetious bleats about negotiations, and now issue decrees that formalize the state of war,” he said.

“How else can I describe it but ‘KGB comrades’ throwing a fit? And it will grow, as Russia’s defeat draws closer.”

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