Over 2,000 Russian soldiers have petitioned to surrender to the Ukrainian army

According to an intelligence official, more than 2,000 Russian soldiers have contacted the main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry to request an opportunity to surrender amid Ukraine’s successful counter-offensives.

Andrii Yusov, a representative of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Service, told Freedom TV Channel that the number of surrender requests had skyrocketed after Ukraine launched its counteroffensive in Kharkiv and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization and called on 300,000 reservists with combat experience Take part in the war in Ukraine.

“Then we received calls not only from soldiers who were on the territory of Ukraine as part of the occupying army, but also from those who had just been mobilized and were still on the territory of the Russian Federation, or from their relatives, or even people who suspected they might be mobilized and checked just in case,” Jussow said.

“We’ll have it in a few weeks [received] more than 2,000 such requests.”

Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine has launched the “I Want To Live” project, which allows Russian military personnel to safely surrender to its army. Russians who surrender to Ukraine’s armed forces are guaranteed civilized treatment under the Geneva Conventions.

News of Russian soldiers surrendering to the Ukrainian army comes as the country continues to gain ground, driving Russian troops out of cities in the east and south. On Tuesday, the 35th Brigade of the Ukrainian Naval Unit released a video showing them waving a Ukrainian flag in the town of Davydiv Brid in the Kherson region.

“Honour to Ukraine! Glory to the Marines!” said a Marine in the video viewed by The New York Times. “We solemnly hang our yellow and blue flag over Davydiv Brid.”

The Armed Forces of Ukraine also liberated two villages in Kharkiv Oblast on Tuesday, namely the settlements of Bohuslavka and Borivska Andriivka, according to the Borivska Village Council Facebook page. Earlier on October 3, the Ukrainian army successfully liberated the village of Borova in Kharkiv.

Many of the Ukrainians who reinforced the army’s ranks after the invasion were trained in a forest previously occupied by Russian soldiersAFP / Sergei SUPINSKY

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