Ukraine leader frees convicts with combat skills to fight Russia | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

Zelenskyy calls on Russian troopers to put down their arms, claiming Ukraine killed greater than 4,500 enemy troops.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has authorised the discharge of convicts with fight expertise to assist battle the Russian invaders.

Talking in a brand new video handle revealed on the fifth day of the full-scale conflict with Russia, Zelenskyy mentioned on Monday that the choice was “not straightforward from the ethical standpoint”, however it was justified from his war-torn nation’s defence standpoint.

He additionally known as on Russian troopers to put down their weapons, claiming that greater than 4,500 enemy troops had already been killed by Ukraine.

“Abandon your gear. Get out of right here. Don’t consider your commanders. Don’t consider your propagandists. Simply save your lives,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

The 44-year-old chief additionally urged the European Union to grant his nation “speedy” membership “by way of a brand new particular process”.

“Our purpose is to be along with all Europeans and, most significantly, to be on an equal footing. I’m certain it’s truthful. I’m certain it’s doable,” he mentioned.

Zelenskyy speaks during a press conferenceZelenskyy makes a press release in Kyiv [File: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/handout via Reuters]

He as soon as once more thanked the West for its help, saying: “Assist of our anti-war coalition is unconditional and unprecedented.”

“Every of us is a warrior,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “And I’m certain that every of us will win.”

Ukraine forces, backed by Western arms, have managed to gradual the advance of the Russian military.

Zelenskyy mentioned 16 youngsters had died through the first 4 days of Moscow’s assault and one other 45 have been wounded as he hailed “Ukrainian heroes”.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights chief, mentioned on Monday that a minimum of 102 civilians, together with seven youngsters, had been killed however warned the true numbers have been most likely far greater.

“Ukrainians have proven the world who we’re. And Russia has proven what it has turn out to be,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

Peace talks

The Ukrainian chief – a former comic who got here to energy in 2019 – launched his newest video assertion earlier than Russian and Ukrainian negotiators sat down for his or her first face-to-face talks since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to invade final Thursday.

Zelenskyy’s workplace mentioned Kyiv’s purpose for Monday’s talks was a right away ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian forces from Ukraine.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from town of Lviv, in western Ukraine, says Moscow “has not given any trace or indication” that it intends to step again from its key calls for forward of the Russia-Ukraine talks.

“These calls for embody the neutrality of Ukraine, ensures that it’s going to by no means be a part of NATO and that Kyiv recognise the declared independence of breakaway areas within the east of the nation,” Hull mentioned, citing the self-proclaimed Donetsk Folks’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk Folks’s Republic (LPR).

“And you’ll most likely embody in that recognition that Crimea is formally a part of Russia after it was annexed [by Moscow] again in 2014; a lot of the world and definitely Ukraine doesn’t recognise that,” he added.

‘Struggling nice losses’

Nikolay Mitrokhin, a Russia professional and researcher at Germany’s Bremen College, informed Al Jazeera that Russia’s offensive has “virtually stopped on all fronts”.

“A big morning assault on [the eastern city of] Kharkiv has been repelled and an try and enter Kyiv from the [town of] Irpen [to the west] has been stopped,” Mitrokhin mentioned.

“Russia’s strategic place … is deteriorating quickly. The Russian army is struggling nice losses,” he added.

Mitrokhin recognized three doable angles from which Moscow’s forces could, nevertheless, refocus their efforts and assault – on Kyiv from the north, on the southern port metropolis of Odesa and on the jap metropolis of Poltava.

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