A Russian pilot turned prisoner of war begged his leader to stop the war in Ukraine, claiming “we lost” in a humiliating display of humiliation for Vladimir Putin.
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A captured Russian bomber pleaded with President Putin to stop the invasion of Ukraine, adding, “we have lost this war”.
Lieutenant Colonel Maxim Krishtop was taken prisoner after his plane was shot down in an airstrike last Sunday.
But in a display of humiliation for his leader, Krishtop begged the Ukrainians for forgiveness, admitting he had committed “terrible crimes” while fighting in Putin’s war.
Instead, he described Russia’s mission to capture Kyiv as “nonsense” and called on his comrades to stop fighting.
Lt Col Krishtop said: “The invasion of a huge city like Kyiv is pointless – it will result in great loss of life for both sides and immense devastation.
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“I urge you to stop obeying criminal orders, stop fighting and stop killing civilians – you can see we’ve lost this war.”
However, the conflict continues unceasingly with Russian troops now said to be driving west after wreaking havoc in the east.
Satellite images ‘before and after’ of the port city of Mariupol show rows of lush greenery and “beautiful” buildings flattened into a barren wasteland.
The Russian military has been trying to seize it as a tactical move since the beginning of the conflict, to strangle Ukraine’s economy by controlling key exports.
The city of Mykovail to the east has also been besieged as Putin’s forces are now believed to be advancing towards Odessa to the west.
President Zelensky called on Russian forces to comply with the agreed ceasefire so that refugees could evacuate safely.
But Ukraine’s intelligence services claimed that these pleas were ignored because they issued a statement that the Russians shot women and children who were fleeing for their lives.
“The Russians shot a column of women and children while trying to evacuate the village of Peremoha in the Kyiv region along an agreed ‘green’ corridor,” it said.
“After the attack, the occupiers forced the remnants of the column to return to Peremoha and did not let them out of the village.”
Instead, Russia used the opportunity to send in new troops, Ukraine claims.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that President Putin was “not ready” to make peace.
The statements follow a 75-minute futile phone call on Saturday (March 12) between France, Olaf Scholz of Germany and the Russian invader, to “seek a way out of the war”.
Western leaders this week expressed growing concern that Putin will use destructive chemical weapons in his bid for power.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/russian-bomber-tells-vladimir-putin-26454839 Russian bombers tell Vladimir Putin 'stop, we lost the war' in Ukraine