Russian soldier surrenders with tank in return for $10,000 and Ukrainian citizenship after his colleagues ran off and his commander threatened to shoot him’

According to reports, a Russian soldier surrendered himself and his tank to Ukrainian troops in exchange for $10,000 (£7,500) and Ukrainian citizenship.

According to Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Victor Andrusiv, Misha (not real name) was one of Vladimir Putin’s invading forces, but he has now surrendered a T-72B3 main battle tank after his two other crewmates escaped home and his superior officer threatened to shoot him.

Andrusiv said Misha had called Ukraine’s national police and set up a meeting location, but that Ukraine needed to be cautious and send in a drone with a camera to meet the soldier to ensure it wasn’t an ambush.

‘We have identified the phones used in the National Police for a few weeks,’ he said.

‘On these phones, we regularly send SMS about how to surrender and hand over the equipment.

‘A few days ago, Misha called us.

‘We handed over the information about him to the GUR MO [Ukrainian military intelligence].

‘He didn’t see the point of war.

Special forces then detained Misha, who lay face-down with his hand up as he surrendered.

The seized T-72B3 tank has the capacity for a three-person crew and is fitted with a 125 mm smoothbore main gun as well as a machine gun and an anti-tank guided missile. It is a relatively new Russian upgrade of their old T-72B tanks used by Ukraine.

Andrusiv added the Russian soldier will spend the remainder of the war as a prisoner in ‘comfortable conditions with a TV, phone, kitchen and shower’.

The surrender by the Russian soldier comes days after Ukrainian state arms manufacturer Ukroboronprom offered $1million for the capture of battle-ready Russian aircraft.

Ukroboronprom said: ‘To the pilots of the Russian Federation ready to participate in the programme, we guarantee the issuance of citizenship of a free country!’

The arms manufacturer also added it would give $500,000 for every combat helicopter seized from the Russians that could still be used.


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