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wapoo | Ukrainian men abroad voice anger over pressure to return home to fight,
"to the last Ukrainian"
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"We all felt like the ground was pulled out from under us," said Oleksandr, a 42-year-old from Kyiv now living in Austria. "That Ukraine no longer wants to support us." Like other men interviewed for this article, Oleksandr agreed to speak on condition that he be identified only by his first name because he feared being ostracized or facing other repercussions.
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"I am not afraid to die," Oleksandr added. "My biggest fear is to be captured and experience torture."
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I gather, indefinite tour of duty isn't a topic of moral, political, or legal conversation.
archive April Fraught Mobilization Bill
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2024 at 06:03:30 PM EST
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newsqueak | Conscription Officers in Russia Keep Suffering a Grim Fate (18.10.22)
Roman Malyk, an enlistment officer in charge of mobilization in the Partisansky and Lazovsky districts of the Primorsky region in Russia's far east, was found dead on the evening of October 14, local officials said.
archive Yevgeniy Prigozhin, 40K WAGNER CONVICTS, ex-convict returned from war kills again, Prigozhin's rebellion

kyivindependent | Ukraine struggles to ramp up mobilization as Russia's war enters 3rd year (23.01.24)

...Once the draft law was made public, debate on its points quickly erupted both in parliament and in society at large, with the Armed Forces' Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhny holding a special press conference on Dec. 26 to clarify aspects of the document....
archive Prisoners with 'Combat Experience, UA's Ghost General, UK ambassador

yahoo! kyivindependent | Man dies at military enlistment office in Dnipropetrovsk, 7 May

...A 49-year-old man reportedly died at a military enlistment center in Ternopil Oblast in late February after staying at the center for multiple days. He was reportedly found to be epileptic but had bruises all over his body. The Special Prosecutor's Office of Ternopil was investigating the conduct of the center's employees for potentially abusing power....
reuters | Ukraine lawmakers back bill allowing some convicts to enlist in army, 8 May
The move is only expected to generate around several thousand new soldiers from a possible pool of up to 20,000 convicts, David Arakhamia, a senior lawmaker said. The bill, which needs President Volodymyr Zelensk*'s signature to become law, would not allow people convicted of the most serious crimes to enlist, lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko said....
ChatGPT | Ukraine moves to send convicts to the front line—minus the rapists and killers
...The Anti-Corruption Action Center, a Kyiv-based watchdog, called the vote "a victory with a bitter taste," given that not all types of corrupt officials were excluded from the law's provisions....
strana | "It is better to sit alive than to lie dead." Will Ukrainian prisoners go to the front?
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Minister of Justice Malyuska said that there are many thousands of people who are ready to enlist in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the colonies [?!]. However, a survey by Strana in the colonies showed that the situation is not so clear.
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"I am not eager to go to war, no matter what is offered. I have a year and a half left to sit. Leave to fight without the possibility of demobilization, for an indefinite period? It means buying a ticket to nowhere. What is the point of changing one term for another, even with a high probability of becoming a corpse? Moreover, most likely, former prisoners in the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not be protected, our fate is to become meat at the front. Therefore, no," [said] Kirill V., who is serving time for theft, told Strana.
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by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 10:36:24 PM EST
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Zelensk* signs law on prisoner mobilization
"in exchange for parole"

Zelensk* signed a law on increased absentee fines for evaders
"up to 25.5 thousand hryvnias is imposed in absentia with the prospect of blocking accounts in case of non-payment"

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 06:40:55 PM EST
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yahoo! nv.ua | Ukraine mobilization law spurs trucker protest, disrupts Kyiv highway in Odesa Oblast
...According to eyewitnesses, hundreds of trucks are on the highway against the "draconian law of the authorities" on mobilization. Drivers from almost all regions of Ukraine came to the protest, the Telegram channel Our Odesa reports.

Traffic on the Kyiv-Odesa highway has been restored as of 5 p.m., Vitalina Bevzenko, a spokeswoman for the National Police in Kirovohrad Oblast, told Suspilne.

In a comment to RBC-Ukraine, [National Police spokesperson Olena] Berezhna said that about 100 trucks were standing on both sides of the road in Kirovohrad Oblast. Traffic was not blocked, and the roads were passable. Currently, about 15 vehicles reportedly remain on the road....

New Voice of Ukraine "information space"
nv.ua | The law on mobilization came into force today: all about new duties, deadlines, changes, and penalties for evasion
...These norms will work in conjunction with other legislative acts, resolutions and orders of the Cabinet of Ministers and relevant ministries, which were adopted in the spring of 2024 and affect the processes of mobilization and military registration. The standards of some of these additional documents are included below....
nv.ua | "The dead were thrown onto the tracks." 80 years ago, the STALIN regime deported 200 thousand Crimean Tatars—genocide in numbers and memories
...In memory of the victims of this crime, Ukraine celebrates the Day of Struggle for the Rights of the Crimean Tatar People on May 18. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine established this memorable day on November 12, 2015, recognizing the deportation of Crimean Tatars as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people....
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2024 at 08:56:40 PM EST
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Secretary Blinken delivers remarks at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine
(@ 01:29:49) People from every region, every community, every institution have stepped forward to serve, including at this university, where students, alumni, teachers, and other employees of Kyiv Polytechnic have answered the call to defend their homeland, putting aside their studies, their careers, their dreams, leaving loved ones behind. Eighty-eight of those men and women gave their lives for Ukraine's freedom. Many of their names are etched in the memorial on campus that I just visited with the rector. They include an aspiring book illustrator, a cancer researcher, a marathon runner, a muscian who opened Keev's first rock-and-roll—school of rock-and-roll—a veteran who lost both of his legs fighting against Putin's previous invasion in the Donbas and volunteered to serve again, when Putin re-invaded in 2022. Like countless Ukrainians these citizens never asked others to fight for them. Indeed, all the Ukrainians have asked is that you get what you need to defend yourselves and your right to survive as a nation. Your recent mobilization was a difficult decision but a necessary one. The defenders who have so courageously held the line for more than two years need help. They need rest. This will allow both, while providing your military with additional troops to fight off bigger invading forces. The mobilization will also allow you to hardern your defenses, to build more units, to take the fight to Russian aggressors. Now, our joint task is to secure Ukraine's sustained and permanent strategic advantage so that Ukraine can not only deliver on the battlefield today but deter and defend against future attacks.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2024 at 09:20:00 PM EST
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