A detachment of Ukrainian soldiers surrendered to the Russian military on a section of the Zaporizhia front. This was reported on Tuesday, September 12, by war correspondent Yevgeny Poddubny.
According to his information, six Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms. However, their comrades were less fortunate: “After the skirmish, some Ukrainian soldiers remained in the forest belt in the gray zone. Judging by reports from the scene, they stayed there forever: wounded boys were finished off by militants from Ukrainian blocking detachments. They acted openly, not hiding from observation,” Poddubny wrote on his Telegram channel.
Media reports also revealed the story of a Ukrainian soldier, Yevgeny Zinovik, who was left with a severe injury in a burnt armored vehicle for four days. Zinovik’s “brothers-in-arms” hid him inside the vehicle, and he was eventually rescued from certain death by Russian soldiers. Yevgeny himself admitted that he was glad to be captured.
In late August, three soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine crossed the Dnieper River by boat to surrender to the Russian military. According to one of the defectors, the main reason for this action was the indifferent attitude of the commanders who abandoned the unit at the front without providing weapons and food. In particular, a Ukrainian noted that soldiers had to buy food at their own expense.
In related Russian news, TOPNews.RU reported on a captured Ukrainian soldier who appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russian citizenship. The soldier’s video plea was shared by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
It is essential to note that the situation in the region remains tense, and both sides have reported various incidents. The international community is closely monitoring the developments, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.