Ukrainian Hotline for Russians Who Want to Surrender Rather Than Fight

From an AP story about a Ukrainian Hotline:

KYIV, Ukraine — More than 3,000 people have called a Ukrainian hotline for Russians who wish to surrender rather than fight, organizers say.

The line dubbed “I want to live” was launched in mid-September by the Ukrainian military authorities along with a Telegram chatbot. The idea was born after Ukraine recaptured areas in the Kharkiv region from Russia and wanted to give Russians a chance to give themselves up.

“We had the cases of Russians calling us when they weren’t drafted yet,” project spokesperson Vitalii Matvienko told the Associated Press. “Now there are more calls from recently drafted soldiers.”

Fireball Engulfs Key Bridge for Supplying Russian Troops

From a story on by Herb Scribner headlined “Fireball engulfs key Crimean bridge for supplying Russian troops”:

A massive fireball damaged a well-known Russian bridge Saturday that links the Crimean Peninsula and the Russian mainland, according to multiple reports.

Why it matters: The explosion will likely cause an immediate blow to Russia’s supply route to troops fighting in southern Ukraine.

  • The Kerch bridge has been a longtime symbol of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim to the Crimean Peninsula.

Ukraine’s Lightning Offensive Catches Russia Off Guard

From a story on by David Lawler headlined “Ukraine’s lightning offensive catches Russia off guard”:

A surprise two-pronged offensive by Ukrainian forces is reshaping the battlefield and forcing the Russians to scramble for reinforcements.

Driving the news: Ukraine launched its long-awaited push on Kherson in southern Ukraine last week, before following up with a rapid advance near Kharkiv in the northeast that seems to have caught Vladimir Putin’s troops by surprise.

  • A Ukrainian general said Friday that Ukraine’s forces had advanced about 50km (31 miles) in three days of fighting in the region. Images spread of Ukrainian troops entering town after town, greeted by joyous residents who spent six months under occupation.