The Times podcast: A surrender hotline for Russian soldiers

Ukrainian soldiers salvage equipment off a body of a dead Russian soldier
Ukrainian soldiers salvage equipment off the body of a dead Russian soldier near Sytnyaky, Ukraine, in 2022.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, Ukrainian military officials have set up a hotline for Russian soldiers to call in and surrender. Is it working to end the war?

Today, we talk to the people behind it. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times global affairs correspondent Laura King

More reading:

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

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Read the L.A. Times’ full Ukraine coverage

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