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Fascinating Speech by Resistance Leader to POWs. He Forgives Them and Sends Them Home. (English captions, 4 min)

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In this video, the Prime minister of Donetsk, one of the East Ukrainian provinces fighting for autonomy meets Ukrainian PoWs and delivers a revealing speech in which he explains why the people in East Ukraine are resisting the military invasion of their territory.

He asks them whether they are ashamed of invading people’s homes and how would they feel if someone attacked and burned their homes, schools and kindergartens.

<figcaption>Donetsk Prime Minister Zakharchenko</figcaption>
Donetsk Prime Minister Zakharchenko

Finally he informs them they are released and are free to go back home to their families.

He shakes hands with them and tells them that he wants to see them soon as guests and not as invaders.  He also warns them that if they invade again, "you won't be taken captive any more".

This is smart PR on the part of the Resistance.  They are behaving magnanimously and honorably, and getting it out on video.  

The oligarch regime in Kiev is facing considerable discontent over the war, and this kind of behavior will further undermine any popular will to continue what has turned into a disastrous war for Kiev.

It is also indicative of how confident the Resistance feels in their military position.


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