Russian President Vladimir Putin made a direct appeal to the military forces of Ukraine in his Thursday speech, urging them to lay down arms and go home.
Putin appealed the Ukrainian armed forces as he announced a ‘special military operation’ in Donbass.
This is what Putin told the Ukrainian armed forces: “Your fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers did not fight defending our common homeland for “today’s neo-Nazis to seize power. You took an oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people – not to the anti-people junta that robs it and mocks your country.”
- Putin urged Ukraine’s forces to immediately lay down arms and go home
- The Russian President assured all the servicemen of the Ukrainian army that whoever makes this decision will be able to leave the combat zone without hindrance
- All responsibility for the bloodshed will be “on the conscience of the ruling regime of Ukraine”, clarified Putin.