As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its 2nd week, dozens of Russian servicemen were reportedly captured in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.
Across the border, some mothers in Russia have been desperately trying to reach out to their beloved sons.
On Wednesday (2 Mar), Ukraine invited the concerned mothers of Russian troops captured in Kyiv to ‘collect’ their sons.
According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), the unusual move was apparently an attempt at embarrassing Russia.
In a statement on Wednesday (2 Mar), Ukraine’s defence ministry said they’re inviting Russian mothers to collect their captured sons.
This came after a decision to “hand over captured Russian troops to their mothers” if they made their way to Kyiv, Ukraine.
According to CNA, the decision appeared to be an attempt to embarrass Moscow.
Ukraine’s defence ministry later added more information that enabled Russian mums to confirm their sons’ captivity.
Such information included telephone numbers and an email address that parents can reach out to.
Upon confirming that their sons had been captured, mothers are advised to head to the Polish border where they will be “met and escorted” to Kyiv.
Within the first 4 days of the conflict, over 5,000 Russian soldiers have lost their lives, reported The Guardian.
Since then, many concerned parents in Russia have tried contacting their sons and sought help from NGOs like the Soldiers’ Mothers Committee.
Hence, Ukraine’s Defence Ministry stated that “they (we), Ukrainian people, in contrast to Putin’s fascists, do not make war with mothers and their captured sons”.
One can only imagine how horrifying it must’ve been for the mothers whose sons are involved in the war.
Not knowing when, or if they will eventually return is arguably one of the most terrifying uncertainties a parent can feel.
Ultimately, we hope the conflict will come to an end soon so the soldiers involved can return safely to their families.
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