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How can military personnel and citizens of the Russian Federation or Republic of Belarus go over to the side of Ukraine?

Ukraine urges the servicemen of the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus not to carry out criminal orders and not to participate in terrorist actions against the people of Ukraine.

Here are instructions for the military personnel of the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus in case you are forced to carry out illegal orders.

How to go over to the side of Ukraine?

  • Inform State Border Service of Ukraine or Security Service of Ukraine about your intention to go over to the side of Ukraine. Using Telegram @defenseua_com

  • Specify the approximate time and date of the defection, the number of the military personnel who intend to go over to the side of Ukraine, the availability of weapon, reliable contact information

  • When at the border areas with Ukraine, the military personnel of the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus can cross the border alone or in self-organized groups in the area of the nearest border checkpoint, you should have documents that identify your personality and belonging to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus (power structures of the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus)

  • After crossing the border, the military personnel of the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus can notify about their intention to go over to the Ukrainian side and notify the government officials or local citizens on the territory of Ukraine.

  • Before entering the location (city, town, village, etc) and contacting the civilians, leave the weapon outside the location and inform the government officials about the weapon location later.

  • If contacting the representatives of Armed Forces of Ukraine, Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine, National Police of Ukraine or Security Service of Ukraine:

  1. Throw the weapon to the side
  2. Stand up straight
  3. Raise your hands or a white flag
  4. Shout loudly “Sdayus’” and the code word “Zubr” or “Aist”
  5. Inform that you are the citizen of the Russian Federation or Republic of Belarus
  • During the communication you should follow all instructions slowly, without sudden movements or jerks

Guarantees for the people who go over to the side of Ukraine

  • Ukraine follows the requirements of the Geneva Convention of 1949 about the treatment of prisoners of war

  • Amnesty to all who voluntarily lays down their arms and hands over the military equipment

  • Phone call to the relatives to inform about your well-being

  • Possibility to ask for a political asylum in Ukraine

Every person who goes over to the side of Ukraine must inform the Ukrainian military forces their name and surname, date of birth, personal number or (if it is not available) any other ID, information about the locations, arming and the number of troops.

I want to join Ukraine →

Also, the military personnel of the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus can join the volunteer troops and fight for Ukraine, join the fight for peace and democracy in Europe.

Ukraine is ready to consider the declarations of intent to join the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine

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