called on Russians to dodge mobilization or surrender, stressing that
Ukraine guarantees three things to every prisoner.
“It is better not to take a conscription letter than to die in a
foreign land as a war criminal. It is better to run away from criminal
mobilization than to be crippled and then bear responsibility in the
court for participating in the war of aggression. It is better to
surrender to Ukrainian captivity than to be killed by the strikes of our
weapons, absolutely fair strikes, as Ukraine defends itself in this
war,” Zelensky said.
He said that it was no coincidence that the criminal mobilization
declared by Russia was immediately called a “mobilization to graves” by
the citizens of Russia themselves. According to him, the Russian
authorities are well aware that they are sending their citizens to their
death – there are no other options.
Zelensky said that Russian commanders do not care about the lives of
Russians – they just need to replenish the empty spaces left by the
dead, wounded, those who fled or the Russian soldiers that were
Addressing the Russians, Zelensky said that “the key moment has come
for you: right now it is being decided whether your life will end or
not.” He also promised that in the event of surrender, Ukraine would
guarantee three things to the captives.
“Ukraine guarantees every Russian soldier who surrenders three
things. First, you will be treated in a civilized manner, in accordance
with all conventions. Second, no one will know the circumstances of your
surrender, no one in Russia will know that your surrender was
voluntary. And third, if you are afraid to return to Russia and do not
want an exchange, we will find a way to ensure this as well,” Zelensky
He added that Ukrainians protect the most precious things – “their lives, our children, our freedom, but Russia brings evil.”
“Ukraine will do everything for its victory. And every citizen of
Russia should understand: no tricks will help the occupier. I promise
you that,” Zelensky said.