The captured Russian soldiers appealed to their fellow citizens to do everything possible to end the war in Ukraine.
«Russians, do everything possible to stop this war. Neither Ukraine nor Russia needs it. This war is necessary only for Putin» said Andrei Chuvatarevsky, a prisoner of war, who served in the Moscow region, at a press conference at the agency «Interfax-Ukraine» on Saturday.
Asked whether he understood the motives of the Russian leadership to invade Ukraine, Chuvatarevsky answered in the negative.
«I don’t know for what purpose. Most likely, he just requires territory and land. We do not need this,» he said, noting that nobody wants to fight in the Russian army.
«No one wants to fight in the army. There was no desire to go even to study far from civilization... We feel hatred for the leadership that sent us here. We understand that we were abandoned here like kittens, for the benefit of the government» said the captive.
He also appealed to the foreign journalists present in the hall to disseminate this information so that the presidents of their countries would influence Putin in ending the war. «We hope so very much» Chuvatarevsky added.
According to another captured soldier, Mikhail Kulikov, Russian citizens should make maximum efforts to stop the suffering of Russian and Ukrainian children in Ukraine.
«People of Russia, get up! Here are your children. The children of the Ukrainian people also suffer. There is no need to fear anyone. Ukrainian people are not afraid of anyone. They will stand for their land to the last. I also have two small children at home, which I do not know if I will get. Parents, block the roads, don’t let your children go, do everything to make Russian troops turn back» said Kulikov.
In turn, the captured Dmitry Gagarin told his relatives and friends in Russia not to listen to Russian propaganda.
«I would like all the people of the Russian Federation to hear that everything here in Ukraine is not as they say on Russian television. There are no Banderovs, there are no Nazis. Here is an ordinary, peaceful people, who have now rallied against one man - Putin. A man who wanted to be a conqueror. I wish it was over as quickly as possible. Everything here is not like our media shows and zombies people» he said.
«People, turn off the TVs, don’t listen to Putin, relatives and friends to go here. The only criminals here came from Russia and, as Putin says, "protecting" Ukrainians. I want our family to come up and explain the situation to other people in Russia. Here the civilian population dies, children and veterans, who together with Russia have won all these lands from fascist Germany» added Gagarin.
At the press conference, there were ten soldiers who voluntarily surrendered. Each of them noted good treatment and the possibility of contacting their relatives.
Actually, that was not a single one press-conference with captured Russian soldiers, There were a few of them lately. Here you may find the recent one with Russian military scouts - also claiming Putin to stop the war.