Russian soldier surrenders tank for citizenship and £7.5k after war

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A Russian soldier who surrendered a tank to military forces in Ukraine has been offered the chance to receive a citizenship alongside thousands of pounds, officials confirmed.

Misha, short for Mikhail, is said to have voluntarily handed over an operational main battle tank after phoning the Ukrainian Interior Ministry to discuss an offer.

Viktor Andrusiv, a member of the Russian forces, said the offer was relayed to the Ministry of Defense which led to him being given a meeting point.

It has been reported that he was detained on arrival by special forces and received $10,000 [£7,500] for helping the Ukrainian army, reports Daily Sabah.

Andrusiv wrote on a Facebook post: "It turned out that he was left alone by the tank crew, the rest fled home. He saw no point in fighting.

"He could not return home because his commander said he would shoot him and write it off as combat losses."

He added: "Misha said that there was almost nothing left to do, the command of the troops was chaotic and practically absent. The demoralization is enormous.

"Now the soldier has received comfortable conditions of detention. He will also receive $10,000 after the end of the war and the opportunity to apply for citizenship."

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Yuri Gusev, the CEO of Ukraine's central state military company, said $1 million [£754,000] will be given to those who operate fighter jets into the custody of the army.

The CEO added that $500,000 [£377,000] will be offered for helicopters and said the proposition is available to anyone who is prepared to support Ukrainian forces.

He said that $1 million will be offered for “every combat-capable stolen or trophy” aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces and confirmed the payment for the helicopter.

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