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Zelenskyy calls on Russian troopers to put down their arms, claiming Ukraine killed greater than 4,500 enemy troops.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has authorised the discharge of convicts with fight expertise to assist struggle the Russian invaders.

Talking in a brand new video deal with revealed on the fifth day of the full-scale battle with Russia, Zelenskyy mentioned on Monday that the choice was “not simple from the ethical standpoint”, however it was justified from his war-torn nation’s defence standpoint.

He additionally known as on Russian troopers to put down their weapons, claiming that greater than 4,500 enemy troops had already been killed by Ukraine.

“Abandon your tools. Get out of right here. Don’t imagine your commanders. Don’t imagine your propagandists. Simply save your lives,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

The 44-year-old chief additionally urged the European Union to grant his nation “instant” membership “through a brand new particular process”.

“Our objective is to be along with all Europeans and, most significantly, to be on an equal footing. I’m positive it’s truthful. I’m positive it’s potential,” he mentioned.

Zelenskyy speaks during a press conferenceZelenskyy makes a press release in Kyiv [File: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/handout via Reuters]

He as soon as once more thanked the West for its help, saying: “Assist of our anti-war coalition is unconditional and unprecedented.”

“Every of us is a warrior,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “And I’m positive that every of us will win.”

Ukraine forces, backed by Western arms, have managed to sluggish the advance of the Russian military.

Zelenskyy mentioned 16 youngsters had died through the first 4 days of Moscow’s assault and one other 45 had been wounded as he hailed “Ukrainian heroes”.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights chief, mentioned on Monday that at the very least 102 civilians, together with seven youngsters, had been killed however warned the actual numbers had been in all probability far larger.

“Ukrainians have proven the world who we’re. And Russia has proven what it has develop into,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

Peace talks

The Ukrainian chief – a former comic who got here to energy in 2019 – launched his newest video assertion earlier than Russian and Ukrainian negotiators sat down for his or her first face-to-face talks since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to invade final Thursday.

Zelenskyy’s workplace mentioned Kyiv’s objective for Monday’s talks was an instantaneous ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian forces from Ukraine.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from town of Lviv, in western Ukraine, says Moscow “has not given any trace or indication” that it intends to step again from its key calls for forward of the Russia-Ukraine talks.

“These calls for embrace the neutrality of Ukraine, ensures that it’ll by no means be a part of NATO and that Kyiv recognise the declared independence of breakaway areas within the east of the nation,” Hull mentioned, citing the self-proclaimed Donetsk Folks’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk Folks’s Republic (LPR).

“And you’ll in all probability embrace in that recognition that Crimea is formally a part of Russia after it was annexed [by Moscow] again in 2014; many of the world and positively Ukraine doesn’t recognise that,” he added.

‘Struggling nice losses’

Nikolay Mitrokhin, a Russia knowledgeable and researcher at Germany’s Bremen College, instructed Al Jazeera that Russia’s offensive has “virtually stopped on all fronts”.

“A big morning assault on [the eastern city of] Kharkiv has been repelled and an try to enter Kyiv from the [town of] Irpen [to the west] has been stopped,” Mitrokhin mentioned.

“Russia’s strategic place … is deteriorating quickly. The Russian navy is struggling nice losses,” he added.

Mitrokhin recognized three potential angles from which Moscow’s forces might, nevertheless, refocus their efforts and assault – on Kyiv from the north, on the southern port metropolis of Odesa and on the jap metropolis of Poltava.