World Ukraine estimates that at least 5,000 Russian military personnel are surrounded in Liman city
Zelenskyy urges Russian conscripts to 'sabotage' military operations and offers protections to those who surrender: 'It is better to surrender to Ukrainian captivity than to be killed by the strikes of our weapons'
Russian President Vladimir Putin's mobilization effort impacts 300,000 reservists, many of whom are going to great lengths to avoid being drafted. Some have even headed to the border, despite facing up to 10 years in prison for desertion.In a video address late on Friday Ukraine time, Zelenskyy said he seeks to "sabotage" Russia's unprovoked efforts to conquer the country.
The Ukrainian government estimates that at least 5,000 Russian military personnel are surrounded by Ukrainian national defense forces in the town of Liman, considered the gateway to the Lugansk region, partially under the control of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
Pro-Russian authorities had already confirmed that the Liman military is under siege following a new Ukrainian operation launched in recent days.
Now, the Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, Serhiy Haidai, has confirmed the approximate number of Russian military surrounded. "They asked the Russian Army command to let them leave the area, but their request was rejected," he has made known.
Russia prepares to annex occupied Ukraine despite outcry
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is poised to formally annex areas of Ukraine where it has military control after referendums there reportedly endorsed Moscow’s rule. But the ballots were widely discredited and earned the Kremlin no relief Wednesday from international pressure over its assault on its neighbor. Pro-Moscow administrations of all four occupied regions of southern and eastern Ukraine said Tuesday night that their residents voted to join Russia in five days of Kremlin-orchestrated balloting.
"Now they have three options: either they surrender, or they try to break through the siege, or they die all together," the governor said, before confirming that this is the largest contingent of Russian servicemen under siege since the beginning of the war.
The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, already acknowledged Friday the siege in the city and described as "worrying" the information coming from the field.
The pro-Russian leader called to "resist" against the attacks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which have made important advances in the east since they started a military counteroffensive a month ago.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed this Friday the accession of the territories under his control in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporiyia, in a new step to try to legitimize Russian sovereignty over militarily occupied territories.
Ukraine Situation Report: Russia Appoints New War Commander .
The general inherits a rickety Russian fighting force deflated from recent high-profile defeats and eight months of fighting in Ukraine.Surovikin, commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces and a previous commander of Russian forces in Syria, has reportedly commanded the Southern Group of Forces in Ukraine since June.