President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted a video on Tuesday morning from his nightly presidential address where he is appealing to Russian soldiers to surrender in the war against its European neighbour, Ukraine.
In his address, Zelenskyy shared that Russia had underestimated the Ukrainian people and did not expect such a level of resistance, whilst adding that since the war, 90 warplanes and countless lives have been lost. He further shared that thousands of Russian soldiers have also been captured or have surrendered so far.
“On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I give you a chance” He further added, “If you surrender to our forces, we will treat you the way people are supposed to be treated, as people, decently,” stated Zelenskyy as he petitioned for an end to the war.
Further on in his address, Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to Russians who continue their fight against false information being presented by Russia about the war. He then mentioned one woman, in particular, Marina Ovsyannikova for her brave deed when she held up a sign that says “They’re lying to you here” in the middle of a live broadcast for the Channel 1 station where she worked.
She was subsequently detained and held at a small police station according to OVD-Info, an activist group that supports Russians detained for protesting.
The Ukrainian government has made other pleas to put an end to the war, where just two weeks ago the Ukrainian Defence Minister, Oleksii Reznikov had offered Russian soldiers cash and amnesty if they surrendered.
“What are you dying for?” and “I know you want to survive” were some of the words that President Zelenskyy said as he made his address in his plea to the Russian soldiers.