Almost 10,000 Russian soldiers surrender through I Want to Live hotline
In the six months of the I Want to Live project, 10,000 people from the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories have applied to surrender
The Coordination Center for the Treatment of Prisoners of War reported this.
“I Want to Live, a unified center for receiving appeals from Russian military personnel to surrender, has already received 9,836 applications from Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,” the press service writes.
In the six months of the project's operation, despite Roskomnadzor's regular attempts to block access, the I Want to Live website has been visited by more than 14 million people, 84% of whom are visitors from the Russian Federation.
In addition to the Russian military, their relatives and friends call the hotline. Often, mobilized Russian soldiers who arrived in Ukraine as part of the enemy army do not have access to communication.
*The I Want to Live project is a chance for Russian soldiers to be saved. In Ukraine, Russian troops have the opportunity to surrender voluntarily. They need to get in touch with the project’s operator, report their contacts, and they will be safely transferred to a POW camp.
Almost 10,000 persons have already contacted the hotline, 10 operators receive and 50-100 calls per day.
The top 10 regions where visitors come from include: Moscow, Krasnodar Krai, St. Petersburg, the Nizhny Novgorod, Donetsk, Rostov, Sverdlovsk regions, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Samara and Luhansk regions.
About 10,000 hryvnias are spent per month to keep one Russian soldier who was taken prisoner by Ukraine.