Watch: ‘They agreed on the phone’ – Russian BMP-2 crew surrenders

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KYIV ($1=36.97 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A video posted on Twitter by the account @odesalife claims to show the handover of a Russian BMP-2 crew to the Ukrainian armed forces. The video is 2:18 minutes long and shows the whole process from start to finish.

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A Russian BMP-2 IFV has raised a white flag on a 30mm autocannon. Next comes the approach of the Ukrainian soldiers who surround the vehicle. Gradually, the entire Russian crew comes out and lies down on the ground. The Ukrainians search the soldiers who have surrendered, for any hidden weapons.

The last to leave is the commander of the armored vehicle. In the Russian army, the commanders of armored vehicles are easy to recognize – only they are additionally armed with a gun. In the last seconds of the recorded video, the Ukrainians are seen preparing to enter the vehicle to search it from the inside.

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BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Ukraine gives a monetary reward if the vehicle and soldiers did not participate in hostilities. The Czech site idnes.cz wrote in the title of its article “they agreed on the phone”, implying that the transmission was carried out in advance. This suggests that it is indeed possible that the Russian crew decided to provide the combat vehicle as a reward.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

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On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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