Russia Trying to Get Ukraine POWs to Change Sides, Kyiv Claims

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has stated that Ukrainian troops who’ve been captured by Russia are being requested to battle for Moscow’s forces.

The declare was made throughout an replace of operations on the Defense Ministry’s Telegram channel.

It described how Russian armed forces have been asking Ukrainian prisoners of conflict within the Rostov area of northern Ukraine, “to join the occupation troops in exchange for an amnesty.”

It stated Russia is showing to enlist even these with no navy expertise in a transfer which got here as a result of Russian troops had an “acute need for reinforcement” in accordance with the submit, suggesting that Russia wanted to replenish troop numbers.

The claims, which haven’t been independently verified, additionally described how Russian forces within the Kherson area had tried to arrange a police-administered space the place commanders keep “order”. Russian forces have captured the strategic port metropolis on the Black Sea.

Kyiv added that within the Chernihiv area of northern Ukraine, Russian forces had suffered “significant losses” and that consequently, they have been “demoralized and surrendered.”

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which Newsweek has contacted for remark, additionally accused Russia of violating worldwide regulation by looting, taking captives and executing civilians.

It comes because the British Ministry of Defense [MOD] stated on Friday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine two weeks in the past had not gone in accordance with plan.

The MOD stated that “Russian ground forces continue to make limited progress,” and that “logistical issues that have hampered the Russian advance persist, as does strong Ukrainian resistance.”

“It is highly unlikely that Russia has successfully achieved the objectives outlined in its pre-invasion plan,” the MOD tweeted.

“Russia is likely seeking to reset and re-posture its forces for renewed offensive activity in the coming days. This will probably include operations against the capital Kyiv.”

Russia has captured elements of northeastern and coastal Ukraine however advances have stalled and a Russian convoy is caught outdoors the capital metropolis.

However, the shortage of progress has added to hypothesis over which manner the conflict declared by President Vladimir Putin on February 24 will flip subsequent.

“The fighting during the next week to 10 days will determine if Russia can maintain the initiative and march, however slowly, to the control of the country, or if there is a stalemate, at which time Putin will have to decide whether to escalate or negotiate,” Clifford Brown, political science professor at Union College, in New York state, instructed Newsweek.

“My bet at this time is that he will find a way to escalate, and that is a great worry.”

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Ukrainian troopers at a checkpoint east of the strategic port metropolis of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on March 10, 2022. The Ukrainian protection ministry has stated that Russia is asking Ukrainian prisoners of conflict to battle for them.
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