The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky sent a video message to Russians to protest if they do not want to die or lose their spouses, children and loved ones in the war against his country.
“I will explain to the Russians in Russian what is happening. There were protests against the mobilization in Russian cities – although not massive, but there were. And there are. And this is an indicator. Not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg. We know the real mood in the regions of Russia. We see that people in Dagestan, in Buryatia, in other national republics and regions of Russia understand that they are simply thrown. They are thrown to death. Why, for example, Dagestanis or anyone else should die in Kharkiv region or near Donetsk? Yes, because one person in Russia decided so – for all citizens of Russia. There is no other reason. This is what he wants,” the Ukrainian leader said.
According to him, now is the time to make a choice. “For men in Russia, it is a choice to die or to live, to become crippled or to remain healthy. For women in Russia, the choice is to lose their husbands, sons, grandchildren forever, or still try to protect them from death, from the war, by one man,” continued Zelensky.
He noted that Ukrainian intelligence has proven that the drafts for 300 thousand people were printed and signed in advance, even before the decision on mobilization was announced, but the Russian leadership is preparing to take up to one million people into the army, and this is the main thing that are silent at the moment.
“We know that they will take everyone indiscriminately. Not only the military from the reserve, but all the men. Everyone they will threaten so that he is more afraid to avoid the war than to die in the war. 55 thousand Russian soldiers died in this war for six months. Tens of thousands wounded, maimed. Do you want more? No? Then protest. Fight. Run. Or surrender to Ukrainian captivity. These are the options to survive. Russian mothers! Do not doubt that the children of the your country will not be sent to the war against Ukraine. Those who make decisions in your country protect their children. And your children don’t even bury them,” the president added in his address.
Later, Zelensky also published a reminder to Russians with a historical reference to where Ukraine’s borders begin and end.