Prisoners for Liberty

Source: Law & Liberty
by Paul Schwennesen

“Ukrainians I’ve worked with generally feel they are on the right side of a world-historical crisis and believe that victory (broadly construed) will inevitably be theirs. They relish their membership in a scrappy, motivated, innovative brotherhood that is admired and supported at home and (however fitfully) by the wider free world. Strictly speaking, however, they are also effectively prisoners of the Ukrainian state, held as a fighting reserve against ceaseless Russian meat-wave assaults. It’s frightening and exhausting, and it takes an emotional toll. Mobilization drafts, updated recently by Verkhovna Rada Law 10449, expressly prohibit men aged 18 to 60 from leaving the borders of Ukraine without authorization for exceptional circumstances.” (07/08/24)