Forced Conscription in Ukraine- 70% of College Students Avoiding Conflict
Sources are reporting that outside of Kiev, there is a high majority of conscript age men who are being told they must sign up for the "call of duty" http://t.co/6avXZMrTSk
These students are avoiding the draft as they are not willing to put life and limb in harm's way for a battle they are not sure is even clearly warranted The Normandy 4 Minsk agreement phase one is holding, the ceasefire and pull back of heavy equipment has been implemented with noble effort on both sides. What then is prompting the raid of dorms to ensure that no young man studying in school avoids the draft and why if the proposed battle with Russia is so just that so many in the outlying areas are reticent to take part?
Until the revolutionary burning of Kiev and the Maidan overthrow of the elected President, men of Ukraine and Russia were brothers in heart and spirit. How can we logically assume that the young men of Ukraine now find it impassioned and urgent to give up their studies to join ranks with the fragmented militias of Ukraine. For where there was once a semblance of economic balance, now there is pain and suffering that has led to IMF loans that have yet to alleviate the financial and economic turmoil that the revolutionary overthrow created.
As more arms and heavy equipment is moved into Ukraine by outside forces, and the militias that are rumored to be filled with radical right members led by Yarosh, one has to wonder what the ultimate strategy and purpose of spending on war debt will do the fragility of the Ukrainian society and people. Time will tell. But from what I have heard and read, not all Ukranians are pleased with how this is all playing out and pray for the Normady 4's words and hearts to implement the agreements signed at Minsk. I lend my heart and prayers to theirs and wish nothing more than for the brothers of Ukraine and Eastern Independents to cross arms in peace and remember a time that once was.
Economic Turmoil Leads to Food Shortages
- Food Crisis in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 103) | VICE News
Deliveries of food bound for separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine aren’t making it past Ukrainian checkpoints. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels to the front lines in the Donbas to gauge the seriousness of the growing food crisis.
Seventy percent of young people in some regions of Ukraine are evading military service as they are afraid of being sent to the conflict zone in the southeastern regions of the country.