Ukrainian President Announces Prisoners With ‘Combat Experience’ Will Be Released To Help Country Fight Against Russia

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced that prisoners with ‘combat experience’ will be released to help the country fight against Russia

The 44-year-old shared a presidential video on February 28 in which he addressed the world and announced that people could ‘compensate for their guilt’ in the ‘hottest war spots’.

He said: “Under martial law, Ukrainians with real combat experience will be released from custody and will be able to compensate for their guilt in the hottest spots of the conflict.

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“We have taken a decision which is not easy from the moral point of view, but which is useful from the point of view of our defences.

“The key is now defence.” 

He also warned the Russians to ‘save lives and leave,’ adding: “Save your lives and leave. 

“Abandon your equipment. Get out of here. Don’t believe your commanders. Don’t believe your propagandists. Just save your lives.” 

Elsewhere in the clip, the politician appealed to the European Union for membership for his country.

He said: “We appeal to the European Union for the immediate accession of Ukraine via a new special procedure.

“Our goal is to be together with all Europeans and, most importantly, to be on an equal footing. I’m sure it’s fair. I’m sure it’s possible.”

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It comes after he previously said that Ukraine had been ‘left to fight Russia alone’.

In another video, Zelenskyy said: “They are killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets. It’s foul and will never be forgiven.

“Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee of Nato membership? Everyone is afraid.”

He added: “The fate of the country depends fully on our army, security forces, all of our defenders.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.