Russian solider surrenders tank to Ukraine for $10K

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A Russian soldier allegedly surrendered his tank to Ukraine, claiming his military bosses’ war campaign was too “chaotic” and that he’d rather take up the Ukrainians’ offer for resettlement than continue fighting.

The soldier will eventually receive $10,000, a comfortable place to live and a chance to apply for citizenship, a Ukrainian official said.

“The Russians are giving up!” Victor Andrusiv, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, recently wrote on Facebook in a post translated to English.

Andrusiv said Ukraine has been sending Russia soldiers SMS messages telling them how to surrender and where to hand over their military gear.

“A few days ago, ‘Misha’ called us,” he wrote, appearing to use an alias for the Russian soldier. 

Misha pulled up in a tank and was the only one left in his unit, Adrusiv claimed.

A destroyed tank is seen after battles between Ukrainian and Russian forces on a main road.
The Russian soldier will eventually receive $10,000, a comfortable place to live and a chance to apply for Ukrainian citizenship.
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Destroyed Russian tanks.
Ukraine has been sending Russia soldiers SMS messages telling them how to surrender and where to hand over their military gear.
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“The rest escaped home,” the Ukrainian minister said. “He didn’t see the point of war…Misha said that there was almost no food left, military management is chaotic and practically absent. Demoralization is a colossal.”

Adrusiv said soldiers detained Misha in a “very comfortable” set-up and that he will now get $10,000 when the war ends and the chance to apply to be a Ukrainian citizen. The minister’s story has not been independently verified, and Adrusiv did not provide the exact day or the location where the exchange allegedly occurred.

“Until the war ends, he will live in comfortable conditions with a TV, phone, kitchen and shower,” Adrusiv said.

A destroyed Russian tank.
7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the war began.
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A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to the wreck of a Russian tank.
Ukraine has released videos of captured Russian troops crying as they apologized for killing Ukrainians.
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NATO estimated last week that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the war began a month ago.

Ukraine has released videos of captured Russian troops crying as they apologized for killing Ukrainians and admitting that the invasion ordered by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, was a “terrible mistake.”



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