Lots of Russian soldiers want to surrender. Ukraine makes it easier with a high-tech hotline

March 09, 2023

(Sergey Bobok / AFP via Getty Images)Bound for the battlefield, sounding harried and anxious, the Russian soldier placed a hasty phone call — to a Ukrainian military hotline. "When Ukrainian soldiers come, do I just kneel down, or what? At a crucial juncture in an extraordinarily bloody war, Ukraine’s military is focused on one task: removing Russian soldiers from the battlefield. Ukrainian soldiers on Sunday fire a self-propelled howitzer toward Russian positions near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. “Hi, I’m listening,” goes a typically low-key operator salutation in an audio sampling of recent calls provided by the Ukrainian military.