Vladimir Putin has appealed directly to Ukrainian troops, saying, "it will be easier for us to agree if you take power in your own hands."
The Russian president addressed Ukrainian Army during the live news conference after announcing a "special military operation" on February 24.
Vladimir Putin directly talked to "the Ukrainian army men," telling them, "Do not let these nationalists use you, your women, your children, your elderly, use them as human shields. Take power into your own hands, it will be easier for us to reach an agreement."
The president continued:
"I would like to commend the efficiency of Russian armed forces; they have been acting honorably, heroically, and they are effective and efficient at protecting the Russian people and their homeland."
Since the Russian army entered the territory, there have been at least 100 dead civilians and military staff, as Ukraine attempts to fight back against Russia.
Putting added that it would be "much easier to talk to you [the army], to negotiate with you than with this gang of Nazis that have captured Kyiv."
This speech is a continuation of Putin's previous one from February 24, where he said that the Russian army is fighting the "demilitarisation and de-Nazification of Ukraine."
Putin added that his troops do not want to occupy Ukraine, adding that Russia would "not impose anything on anyone by force."
Previously, he warned the rest of the world that if anyone interferes, they will "face the consequences greater than any you have faced in history."
The president of Ukraine, Zelensky, ordered a full mobilization for all men aged 18 to 60. He explained that the Ukrainian forces are ready " for anything." Zelensky also expressed his anger toward Europe, telling the Ukrainian troops:
"'You are all we have."