Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with US Secretary of State in Kyiv on September 8, 2022. – Secretary of State Antony Blinken on September 8, 2022 made a surprise trip to Kyiv as the United States unveiled nearly $2.7 billion in new military support to Ukraine and neighbours to face Russia. Photo: Genya SAVILOV / POOL / AFP.

Zelensky: Putin knowingly ‘sending citizens to their death’

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky made an appeal to Russians, warning that their president was knowingly “sending citizens to their death”.

Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with US Secretary of State in Kyiv on September 8, 2022. – Secretary of State Antony Blinken on September 8, 2022 made a surprise trip to Kyiv as the United States unveiled nearly $2.7 billion in new military support to Ukraine and neighbours to face Russia. Photo: Genya SAVILOV / POOL / AFP.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made an appeal to Russians in his evening address on Saturday, warning that their president was knowingly “sending citizens to their death”.

Speaking in Russian, Zelensky called on Moscow’s forces to surrender, saying: “You will be treated in a civilised manner… no one will know the circumstances of your surrender”.

It came just hours after Russia passed a law toughening punishments for voluntary surrender and desertion following the partial mobilisation President Vladimir Putin ordered this week.

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“It is better to refuse a conscription letter than to die as a war criminal in a foreign land.

Zelensky said

“It is better to run away from a criminal mobilisation, than to be crippled and then held responsible in court for participating in a war of aggression.

“It is better to surrender to the Ukrainian army than to be killed in the strikes of our weapons, fair strikes from Ukraine defending itself in this war.”

Russia replaced its top logistics general on Saturday after a series of setbacks.

Ukraine has been clawing back territory in a counter-offensive.

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