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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Urges Russian Troops To Surrender

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has used his latest address to urge Russian troops to choose giving up arms over the "shame" of continuing with the war.

Speaking in Russian, Zelenskyy said: "On behalf of the Ukrainian people, we give you a chance to live. If you surrender to our forces, we will treat you as humans have to be treated: with dignity. The way you have not been treated in your army. And the way your army doesn’t treat our people. Choose."

He also said the war had become a "nightmare" for the Russians, and claimed that their troops were fleeing the battlefield and leaving arms and equipment for the Ukrainians.

Here is the first part of his speech:

"Free people of the free country, the 19th day of our resistance has come to end. Another hard day that made us closer to the victory and peace for Ukraine."

"As before, the enemy is perplexed. They didn't expect such resistance. They believed their propaganda that lied about us for decades."

"They still can't recover but have begun realizing that they won't achieve anything by war. Their soldiers know it. Their officers understand it. They flee from the battlefield, leaving behind their vehicles and equipment."

"We take the trophies and use them for defence of Ukraine. Russian forces have de-facto become a supplier of equipment for our army. They couldn't imagine it in a nightmare."

(In Russian) "I want to tell Russian soldiers, those who have already entered our lands and those who are only being sent to fight against us. Russian conscripts, please, listen to me attentively."

"Russian officers, you have already understood everything. You won't be able to take anything from Ukraine. You will take lives – you are many – but yours will be taken too."

"What are you dying for? I know, you want to survive. We hear in your intercepted calls what you really think of this war, of this shame, and of your state."

"Your conversations with each other, your calls home to your families, we hear everything. We make conclusions. We know who you are."

"That's why I offer you a choice: On behalf of the Ukrainian people, we give you a chance to live. If you surrender to our forces, we will treat you as humans have to be treated: with dignity."

"The way you have not been treated in your army. And the way your army doesn’t treat our people."

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