Two Ukrainian soldiers appealed to the Russian military command in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, with a request not to extradite them to Kyiv and expressed their desire to apply for Russian citizenship and join the Russian army.
“We want to appeal to the Russian authorities with a request not to extradite us to Kyiv, where we want to stay here, live in peace, obtain Russian citizenship and help Russia fight Nazism,” RIA Novosti quotes the recruits.
Two servicemen said that they received a summons to military service at the workplace, and for evading military service they were threatened with three years in prison.
The agency notes that the Ukrainian army and regional defense fighters continue to voluntarily surrender to the Russian army, where they turn to the Russian military police at checkpoints, hand over their weapons and pass on information about Ukrainian weapons and ammunition depots.
Earlier, the head of the Kherson region, the head of the Joint Civil Military Administration of the Kherson region, Volodymyr Saldo, said that the number of Russian immigration service centers in the region would be increased to meet the needs of residents to apply for Russian citizenship, which is granted to citizens of Ukraine in an exceptional and simplified manner by a special decree of President Volodymyr Putin.
Source: RIA Novosti