A new development on the Ukrainian front: Individuals are evading mobilization



by SEAD DEDOVIC

 A new development on the Ukrainian front: Individuals are evading mobilization
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After setbacks in a counter-offensive against Russia last year, Ukrainian troops are now focusing on defense. They are building strong defenses, like trenches and concrete barriers, near cities such as Kupyansk and in the Chernihiv region.

These defenses are similar to what Russia built in the south and east. The goal is to counter any attacks while allowing Ukraine's military to recover. President Zelenskyy emphasized the need for these defenses after a failed counter-offensive in November.

Ukraine is being cautious about using mines to avoid dangers to its people. Fortifications also help in minimizing losses and supporting Ukrainian offensives. The focus is on strategic areas like Kupyansk, Lyman, and Avdivka.

President Zelenskyy wants to strengthen defenses in various regions, including Kharkiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kiev, Rivne, and Volyn. They are also looking to strengthen defenses in the south, where part of the Kherson region is occupied by Russians.

While the Russian army increases pressure in certain cities, Zelenskyy stresses the importance of fortification work. Overall, the extent of this construction is not publicly known, but Ukraine has had defenses in some areas since 2014, during the conflict with Russia.

The situation in Ukraine is still terrible and it is difficult to expect that it will calm down in the coming period. The statements of the Ukrainian leader lately do not cause optimism, considering that the Ukrainians have problems with their military strength. Zelenskyy called on men who are outside the country to return and help Ukraine achieve its goals. Zelenskyy emphasized that they do not have to return as a military force. The primary thing is that they return and support Ukraine by paying taxes.

A large number of Ukrainians are currently trying to leave the country and thus avoid going to the front.

A man from Kharkiv tried to illegally cross the Dniester River into Moldova, but Ukrainian border guards stopped him. They used a boat to rescue the 35-year-old swimmer and gave him warming tea. The man now faces charges for attempting to cross the state border illegally, and the case is with the court for a decision.

This incident is part of a larger issue, as a BBC investigation found that around 20,000 men have left Ukraine to avoid conscription since the war began. Another 21,113 men tried to escape but were caught by Ukrainian authorities. After the Russian invasion, men aged 18 to 60 were not allowed to leave the country. Military force and soldiers are very important to Ukrainians.

It seems that there could be more and more cases like this in the future, given that Ukrainians are afraid that this war will last a long time, and that the number of victims could only increase. Given the length of the war so far, peace does not seem like a realistic option. Young guys do not want to go to the front and defend Ukraine. Most of them want to save themselves and seek happiness in European countries.

The Ukrainian leader has also emphasized many times in the recent past that Ukraine needs help in the difficult moments of this country. It is difficult to expect that the Ukrainians will have the strength to resist the Russians, who are numerically superior, and in addition, have more weapons. Therefore, Zelenskyy calls on all countries of Europe and the world to provide a certain type of aid so that Ukraine can defend itself. The Ukrainian leader has emphasized many times so far that the war in Ukraine could affect other countries as well and perhaps experience even greater proportions.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and aid

Rishi Sunak
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British Prime Minister pledged an extra $3.2 billion in military aid to Ukraine, expressing strong support. Sunak visited Ukraine, sending a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United Kingdom stands by Ukraine. The aid includes at least £200 million for acquiring drones. The UK has already delivered missiles and tanks to Ukraine. An agreement on security cooperation between the UK and Ukraine will be signed by Sunak and Zelensky, aligning with G7's commitment made at last year's NATO summit in Vilnius.

The UK is one of the countries that, since the beginning of the war, has had a clear position regarding Putin and what he is doing. In addition, Ukraine hopes for help from other countries. We will see what the future will bring, and whether Ukrainians will get the help they need at this moment. A lot can change on the front in a short period. It is necessary to be careful.

Vladimir Putin is not someone who will have many comments regarding the war in Ukraine. His policy is specific, and it is obvious that the Russian leader does not intend to stop in his intentions. We will see his next moves in the future.

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