Moment a Russian soldier ‘surrenders with TANK in return for £7,500 and Ukrainian citizenship after his colleagues ran off and his commander threatened to shoot him’

  • A Russian soldier has handed himself and his tank over to Ukrainian troops 
  • He has claimed a reward of £7,500 and a chance at Ukrainian citizenship 
  • Ukrainian minister Victor Andrusiv said the soldier ‘didn’t see the point of war’ 

A Russian soldier has handed himself and his tank over to Ukrainian troops for a reward of $10,000 (£7,500) and a chance at Ukrainian citizenship.

Misha, one of alleged war criminal Vladimir Putin’s invading soldiers, surrendered in a T-72B3 main battle tank after his two other crewmates escaped home and his commanding officer threatened to shoot him.

Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Victor Andrusiv said Misha had contacted Ukraine’s national police by phone and arranged a place to meet.

He said: ‘For a few weeks in the National Police have identified the phones used by Russians.  

The moment a Russian tank driver called Misha surrendered to Ukrainian troops by lying on the ground beside his T-72B3 main battle tank for a reward of $10,000

Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Victor Andrusiv (pictured) said Misha had contacted Ukraine’s national police by phone and arranged a place to meet

‘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.  

‘Misha said that there was almost no food left, military management is chaotic and practically absent. Demoralization is colossal.

‘The Russians are giving up!’

The Ukrainian military selected a place for the soldier to surrender and used a drone fitted with a camera to make sure it wasn’t an ambush.

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

Mr 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’. 

What is a T-72B3 main battle tank?

The T-72B3 main battle tank is a relatively new Russian upgrade of their old T-72B tanks. 

Military experts saw it as a cheap way of adding new technology and weapons to the same old chassis of the T-72B, with each upgrade costing around £250,000. 

Improvements include a new engine, gunner’s sight and fire control system.

The first T-72B3 tanks came into use in 2013 and by 2020 the Russian Army had 558 in its arsenal.

They were initially used in the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and later in Syria.

During the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has predominantly used T-72B3s and T-64s, which were created in the 1960s.

A T-72B3 main battle tank fires as troops took part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia ahead of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine 

Source: Military Today 

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