On the very day that Ukraine and Russia met on the Belarus border to discuss peace, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said he will release prisoners with a history of ‘real combat experience’ to join in the war against Moscow’s invading forces.
In an address to the Ukrainian people, Zelenskyy stated that the nation is dedicating “every minute” to the war and stressed that every citizen who can “join the struggle against the invaders must do so.”
“Ukrainians with real combat experience will be released from custody and will be able to compensate for their guilt in the hottest spots,” Zelenskyy said.
⚡️Zelensky: Ukraine to release prisoners with combat experience.
Zelensky said it was a difficult moral choice but that it was necessary for the country’s defense. He said the the prisoners will be fighting in the hottest spots.
“The key is defense now.”
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 28, 2022
“All sanctions against some individuals who participated in the Anti-Terrorist Operation will be lifted,” he continued. “The key thing now is defense.”
While Zelenskyy called the decision a morally difficult choice, he stated it was crucial “in terms of our protection.”
“When I went to the presidency, I said that each of us is the president,” Zelenskyy said. “Because we are all responsible for our country. For our beautiful Ukraine. And now it has happened that each of us is a warrior.”
“And I am sure that each of us will win,” he added.
The president pointed to reports that more than 4,500 troops have died since the start of the conflict and called on Russian troops to lay down their weapons.
“Abandon your equipment,” he urged. “Get out of here. Don’t believe your commanders. Don’t believe your propagandists. Just save your lives.”
Propaganda has plagued the Russia – Ukraine war, making it difficult for horrified onlookers to believe anything that is reported. As American Wire News reported, many of the images and stories circulating online have been debunked, including the deaths of the 13 Snake Island border guards, once thought killed after telling a Russian warship to “go f*** themselves.”
The realization that not everything is as it appears has led many on Twitter to view the latest announcement with a healthy dose of skepticism.
“This is literally the plot of Suicide Squad,” noted one user.
Breitbart contributor Chris Tomlinson asked, “What could go wrong,” adding: “I’m sure the murderers and rapists they’re letting out to fight won’t do any murdering and raping. There’s definitely no precedent of that happening before when others have done this same thing.”
It not clear what controls are in place, but common sense would suggest that there are limits to inmates being released.
“I understood that Ukrainians are lining up at will to fight,” tweeted Yossi Gestetner. “I guess the make/break point is a few thousand renegades.”
this is literally the plot of Suicide Squad https://t.co/8NYOMk3bW0
— Tara Gráinne Ní Chonghaile (@TaraGrace_) February 28, 2022
I'm sure the murderers and rapists they're letting out to fight won't do any murdering and raping. There's definitely no precedent of that happening before when others have done this same thing.
— Chris Tomlinson (@TomlinsonCJ) February 28, 2022
I understood that Ukrainians are lining up at will to fight. I guess the make/break point is a few thousand renegades. https://t.co/wpX264rpBC
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) February 28, 2022
In addition to freeing prisoners, Zelenskyy again asked the European Union to fast-track Ukraine’s membership.
“Our goal is to be together with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be on an equal footing,” Zelenskyy said. “I’m sure it’s fair. I’m sure it’s possible.”
This request, too, has raised more than a few eyebrows.
“The last thing you should be saying, just before you sit down with the Russian delegation is ‘can we be fast-tracked into the EU,'” tweeted one user. “Makes no sense to agitate those across the table, before looking to get a suspension of hostilities.”
The last thing you should be saying, just before you sit down with the Russian delegation is "can we be fast-tracked into the EU". Makes no sense to agitate those across the table, before looking to get a suspension of hostilities. https://t.co/sRn9BwsxRX
— T9 MBE (@T9LUFC) February 28, 2022
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