President Volodymyr Zelensky made three promises that Ukraine guarantees to surrendered Russian military. He stated this in his evening video message on September 24.
«Ukraine guarantees every Russian soldier who surrenders three things:
- you will be treated in a civilized manner, in accordance with all conventions;
- no one will know the circumstances of how you surrendered, no one in Russia will know that your surrender was voluntary;
- if you are afraid to return to Russia and do not want an exchange yourself, we will find a way to provide this», — said the Ukrainian leader.
He addressed the Russians in Russian.
Zelensky stressed that Russian commanders do not care about the lives of citizens, they just need to fill « places» after the dead, wounded, escaped or captured Russian soldiers. And these places can be filled «even by young IT specialists who did not serve at all, even by pensioners who served only in the Soviet army».
«So this is a pivotal time for all of you, a time to decide if your life will end. Not taking a summons is better than dying in a foreign land as a war criminal. It is better to run away from criminal mobilization than to be crippled and then answer before the court for participating in an aggressive war. Surrendering to Ukrainian captivity is better than dying under the blows of our weapons, under our absolutely fair blows, because Ukraine is defending itself in this war», — emphasized the president.
He again stated that Ukraine would liberate all its territories, noting that this also applies to Crimea.
- On September 22, Zelensky told the mobilized Russians how they can survive.