• Lieutenant General Yurii Sodol said Russian soldiers must surrender or flee
  • He added Ukrainian soldiers are fighting to liberate all territories
  • The war in Ukraine has been ongoing for nearly a year

The commander of Ukrainian marines, Lieutenant General Yurii Sodol, has warned Russian soldiers if they don't flee or surrender to Kyiv's army, then they must prepare for the consequences.

"I will separately address the Russian military: before it's too late, run, return to your 'Maruskas' or surrender, otherwise it's the fate of a fertilizer on someone else's land; a black bag or disability awaits you, this is your 'happy' future. Unlike you, we know what we are fighting for, we are united, we are one," Sodol said, according to the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.

Sodol added his country's soldiers were fighting to liberate all territories of Ukraine: "We will do everything so that the blue-yellow flag flies again in all cities of Donbas and Crimea."

He also said Russian soldiers were gathering forces and stockpiling reserves: "This means that soon thousands of new Russians will undergo 'negative' mobilization."

"Kremlin terrorists have not abandoned their bloody plans, they do not count losses because people are merely consumables for them," he added. "For their part, the Ukrainian marines will continue to do what they do best – destroy the enemy: methodically, systematically, daily."

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote on Facebook on Thursday that Russia has lost more than 129,000 military personnel, 3,211 tanks, 2,212 artillery systems and 222 air defense systems.

Meanwhile, Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, said Russian President Vladimir Putin might attack Kyiv again.

"I think that the plan of Putin and his people, such as Valery Gerasimov, his new commander of the Russian army [sic], is to encircle Ukraine. And while preparing all these plans, he [Putin] probably thinks that he needs to attack from two or three different fronts. Therefore, I believe that Ukrainians cannot rule out an attack from the Belarusian northern part of Ukraine to encircle Kyiv from the west," Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with the German outlet Bild, cited by European Pravda.

"I think that, unfortunately, he is not only full of hatred for Ukraine, but he wants to show to his people once again that he is a long-run player who never gives up, and he will attack Kyiv again, yes, I do have this concern," the Polish PM added.

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