Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an address Tuesday in which he spoke directly to Russian soldiers. The message: surrender, and we’ll give you a chance to survive.
“The 19th day of our resistance is over. Historical war. Another difficult day, which is still approaching our victory. Approaching peace for Ukraine,” Zelenskyy began, according to his presidential office.
Fox News reports that Zelenskyy noted “the enemy is confused” and did not expect stiff resistance. “Their soldiers know this. Their officers are aware of this. They flee the battlefield. They abandon equipment.”
He then addressed Russian soldiers directly, encouraging their surrender.
“Russian conscripts! Listen to me very carefully,” Zelenskyy warned. “Russian officers! You’ve already understood everything. You will not take anything from Ukraine. You will take lives. There are a lot of you. But your life will also be taken. But why should you die? What for? I know that you want to survive.”
“Therefore, I offer you a choice,” the president said. “On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I give you a chance. Chance to survive.”
“If you surrender to our forces, we will treat you the way people are supposed to be treated. As people, decently. In a way you were not treated in your army. And in a way your army does not treat ours,” Zelenskyy added. “Choose!”
Zelenskyy predicts victory in Ukraine, offers Russian soldiers ‘a chance to survive’https://t.co/kJ1eFSwcmH
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 15, 2022