Watch: Russian troops fix white flag to tank and surrender to Ukrainian soldiers
Russian troops attached a white flag and surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers in astonishing footage captured from the south of the country.
In the footage, a Russian BMP-2 vehicle is seen driving towards Ukrainian soldiers thought to be in Kherson.
Afixed with a white flag, the vehicle is surrounded by Ukrainian soldiers before three crewmen get out with their hands up.
The Ukrainian soldiers then move in, strip the soldiers of their weapons and take them as prisoners.
Just yesterday, I tweeted about Ukraine will need to deal with the logistical nightmare of handling the largest surrender of troops (in pockets)
It's started- see the surrender of a Russian BMP-2 crew pic.twitter.com/ThANEzLLml #Ukraine️ #Kherson #RussiaIsATerroristState #Russia https://t.co/93CaRBno2s
— NSAJay (@jay4_nsa) October 5, 2022
According to the MailOnline, the incident is believed to have been pre-arranged and comes as Ukraine’s military claimed more than 2,000 Russian soldiers had called a hotline asking how to surrender to avoid being killed in battle.
Andriy Yusov, a representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence, said the hotline had allegedly received an increase in the number of calls following Russian president Vladimir Putin’s conscription announcement.
Mr Yusov claims some 2,000 Russian troops had already called the hotline in the last few weeks amid Russia’s struggling military campaign.
The news of the surrender follows the successful counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces.
Last week, the Ukrainian army retook the city of Lyman and is advancing further south on the city of Kherson.
Due to the renewed offensive by Ukrainian troops, the frontline has been pushed back 20km, the Ministry of Defence said in its latest situation update.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed troops are now poised to reclaim the region despite it being one of the four annexed by Russia via sham referendums which have not been recognised by the West.
With Russian forces retreating from front lines in the south and east, Mr Zelensky said in a late-night video address on Wednesday that Novovoskresenske, Novohryhorivka and Petropavlivka to the north-east of Kherson city had been “liberated”.
Addressing pro-Moscow forces in Russian, he said: “You have already lost.
“Ukrainians know what they are fighting for. And more and more citizens of Russia are realising that they must die simply because one person does not want to end the war. It’s obvious who will win.”