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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Draft-Evasion Reaches Endemic Proportions in the Ukraine

00 Banderlog. Ukraine. 30.03.15


In Kiev alone, 95 percent of working-age men evade military service, using methods such as bribery and fleeing to other countries. The German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that draft-evasion in the Ukraine has skyrocketed. Companies struggle to find false excuses for their employees to help them avoid military service. This illegal business is thriving, with doctors trading medical certificates and travel agencies organising “special trips” for those seeking to flee. Residents of the Western Ukraine usually bolt to Europe, whilst men from eastern provinces go to Russia. The newspaper pointed up the recent arrest of a medical worker from Chernovtsy who issued fake medical certificates under his signature for 3,500 Euros (198,400 Roubles. 24,500 Renminbi. 253,000 INR. 3,950 USD. 4,800 CAD. 5,000 AUD. 2,600 UK Pounds). Over last few months, more than half of the young men in the Western Ukraine left the country. Overall, 70 percent of working-age men in the Western Ukraine went to neighbouring Poland and Romania, and many others fled to Italy, Germany, and Austria. They have Schengen visas; therefore, they go to work in Europe as seasonal workers, pursuing two main goals… to feed their families back home and to evade junta military service. The situation in eastern regions is similar, with many residents going to neighbouring Russia for work; they take refuge there from the junta’s press-gangs.

5 May 2015

Sputnik International



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