President Vladimir Zelensky in the evening video message on October 19, he separately addressed the Ukrainians in the occupied territories of the south and east.
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“I would like to separately address our people in the temporarily occupied regions of the south and east of Ukraine. In the near future, the occupiers will try to take men into their army. Everywhere, just like in Donetsk and Luhansk,” Zelensky said.
He asked residents of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to try to avoid Russian “mobilization”.
“Please avoid this as soon as you can. Try to leave the occupied territory. If you cannot do this and find yourself in Russian military structures, at the first opportunity try to lay down your arms and come to Ukrainian positions,” the president urged.
Zelensky stressed that the most important thing is to save the lives of Ukrainians.
“And most importantly, take care of your life and be sure to help our other people who are close to you. Our common task is to stand up. To stand up against these inadequate people,” the president said.
- Today, Putin signed a decree stating that “martial law” is introduced in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk and Kherson regions from October 20.
- Zelensky was told that forced mobilization, seizure of property and other things that imply “martial law” will be interpreted in Ukraine and international law as criminal offenses, regardless of how it is called in the Russian Federation.
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