Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, believes that Ukrainian men of military age should return to Ukraine from abroad to support the economy of their country and protect it.
Zelenskyy said this in a joint statement with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas when he was asked whether Estonia must extradite Ukrainians of military age to Ukraine for mobilization.
The Ukrainian leader spoke about the courage of the Ukrainian soldiers who managed to liberate a large part of the lost territory and make huge progress in the war. Zelenskyy believes that individuals should not have left the country illegally, especially those of military age. In moments when Ukraine is facing a crisis in every sense, they need soldiers who will be key in the defense of Ukraine and the liberation of the occupied parts.
Zelenskyy previously emphasized that Ukraine needs more soldiers to realize its intentions in the future. If Ukrainians continue the trend of leaving the country, it could create huge problems for the Ukrainian people.
"We liberated 50% of the territory occupied at the beginning of the full-scale war and pushed the enemy back. Our guys have been fighting for two years. And there are people who crossed the border during all this, violating the rules and the law. And this is the issue with these people, these men. If they are of military age then they must help Ukraine and be in Ukraine."- Zelenskyy said, as reported by Ukrainska Pravda.
The Ukrainian leader emphasized that this does not mean that individuals will not be on the line. His main emphasis is on the fact that Ukraine needs taxpayers. Without them, it is difficult for Ukraine to have financial power, and to be able to continue to finance the military force.
"I am not saying that some people must be on the frontlines and some must not. There is the law. But there is also a rule of decency, which I told the Prime Minister (of Estonia) about today: one soldier takes 6-8 taxpayers to be financed by the Ukrainian state (we are not assisted in this by anybody)."
Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the citizens role
President Zelenskyy explained the different roles that citizens can play in contributing to the defense of Ukraine. For those living and working within the country but not on the frontline, he emphasized that their work and tax payments are valuable contributions to the nation's defense efforts.
It is common knowledge that a certain country can hardly function without taxpayers. The Ukrainian leader hopes that the future holds better stories for them. In this chaotic state, any support is important for Ukraine. The Ukrainian people need help from Europe and the world. It seems that the trend of providing aid to Ukraine is decreasing, which certainly causes concern among Zelenskyy and his associates. The war has been going on for a long time, and there are already fears that it could continue for many more years ahead.
On the other hand, Zelenskyy expressed concerns about citizens of military age who are abroad, not fulfilling their tax responsibilities, and being outside the country against the law. He raised questions about such situations, indicating a need for clarification and adherence to legal obligations.
Zelenskyy highlighted the crucial link between financial support, specifically through taxes, and the ability to fund the military. Whether citizens are actively serving on the frontline or working and paying taxes, both roles were portrayed as essential in safeguarding Ukraine.
The President emphasized the direct impact of tax contributions on funding the military, emphasizing that such financial support is integral to having the necessary resources for defense. In summary, Zelenskyy talked about the idea that every citizen has a role to play in preserving Ukraine and its security.
We will see if the statements of the Ukrainian president will really change the attitude of Ukrainians, and if individuals will really come back and help Ukraine in such a way. Time will tell. Ukrainians hope for the best.
In any case, Ukrainians must understand how important it is in these moments to help Ukraine, in any way. The enemy is patiently waiting for his chance, and many believe that the Russians have serious plans in the coming period.
This war lasted much longer than some expected. It is difficult to predict what will happen in the future, but there is less and less optimism.
Vladimir Putin is a person who certainly has some plans in the game. The Russian leader wants to achieve his goals at any cost. This year could bring a lot. It is to be hoped that there will be as few consequences as possible for Ukrainians, and for the whole world.