EU states tell Zelensky they won’t hand over draft dodgers – 1/2 Million Men Lost

ER Editor: An updated report on the number of Ukrainian men lost puts the number at HALF A MILLION.  70,000 is just the figure given recently, during the last few months of the ‘counteroffensive’ against Russia that never materialized. See —

Ukraine has already lost half a million soldiers in its war with Russia

It’s hardly surprising that a large number have fled. We see political division in the responses of various countries, with Hungary refusing point blank any kind of hand over, whereas Poland has complied.

See the last line of the RT report about the desperation of Ukraine to admit just about anybody into its ranks. We have no idea if this is true or if it’s part of the show.

ER: go to the first minute of this video —

Translation: Ukrainians start receiving extradition notices to Ukraine!


EuropeanConservative has also picked up the story. See —

Ukraine Demands Extradition of Its Draft-Age Men

Readers may be interested in this piece from 2015, which describes how Ukraine had a ‘draft dodger’ problem back then because of hard fighting in the ‘east’, which presumably means the Donbas region:

The Draft Dodgers of Ukraine


EU states tell Zelensky they won’t hand over draft dodgers

Four countries so far have refused to round up male refugees from Ukraine


The Czech Republic announced on Wednesday that it would not send military-age men who arrived as refugees back to Ukraine to be conscripted. Germany, Austria and Hungary have already made similar declarations.

European conventions exclude extradition for charges such as desertion or draft evasion, Czech Justice Ministry spokesman Vladimir Repka told the outlet iDnes. However, he added that if Ukraine files individual extradition requests citing a specific criminal act they may have committed, Prague may give them more consideration.

EU states tell Zelensky they won’t hand over draft dodgers


Hungary has ruled out any extraditions outright.

“We are not investigating any Ukrainian refugees to determine if they have been called up for military service. Hungary will not extradite them to Ukraine,” Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén told the outlet ATV on Wednesday. “All refugees from Ukraine are safe in Hungary.”

German officials who spoke to state broadcaster Deutsche Welle earlier this week said that Berlin did not intend to send draft-eligible refugees back, since desertion and draft evasion are not crimes under German law. There are over 123,000 Ukrainian men of military age who are in Germany as refugees, according to official estimates.

Austria was the first to refuse extradition of military-age men. There are about 14,000 potential draftees among the 101,000 Ukrainian refugees in the country.

“That would be a massive encroachment on our statehood, we would never do that,” a spokesman for the Interior Ministry told the outlet Exxpress on September 7.

On the other hand, Poland has already begun sending some Ukrainian men back, according to Hungarian media reports.

A senior lawmaker from President Vladimir Zelensky’s ruling party said in late August that Ukraine might seek extradition of draft-dodgers from the EU. The government in Kiev recently announced another round of mobilization in order to make up battlefield losses, which Russian President Vladimir Putin estimated at over 70,000 in the past three months of heavy fighting.

Zelensky fired all draft commissioners last month and ordered a review of all medical exemptions from military service, citing widespread corruption. New rules were adopted allowing for the conscription of people with mental disorders, chronic diseases, tuberculosis and HIV.



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