Ukraine Suspends Consular Services for Male Emigrants Who "Fleeed" the State

Ending consular services, including renewal of identity documents and other important administrative procedures, could theoretically encourage Ukrainians to return to the country

by Sededin Dedovic
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Ukraine Suspends Consular Services for Male Emigrants Who "Fleeed" the State
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Ukrainian authorities announced a decision this evening that could have a significant impact on Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60. They announced that they will suspend consular services abroad for this category of the population, after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced measures that should encourage the return of those who are able to serve at the front.

This temporary suspension of receiving new files for consular services, as stated in the press release of Ukrainian diplomacy, limits the opportunities of men aged 18 to 60 who are abroad. Now their only option is to issue "identity cards for entry into Ukraine", while other consular services, such as the renewal of identity documents and other administrative procedures, have been suspended.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a temporary suspension of receiving new files for consular services related to the mentioned category of Ukrainian citizens," according to the press release of Ukrainian diplomacy.

This decision could theoretically encourage the return of Ukrainians to the country, given the current need for soldiers in Ukraine, which has been fighting the Russian invasion for two years. Ukraine's military is expected to face a possible new offensive by Moscow in the coming weeks or months, so additional military resources are needed.

A ban on foreign travel for men of this age is already in place in Ukraine, with a few exceptions. However, despite these measures, tens of thousands of men are estimated to have fled the country to avoid military service.

This new initiative by the Ukrainian authorities aims to limit the departure of able-bodied men abroad and encourage their return to the country to contribute to the defense of their homeland. While some may have avoided going to the front, this new policy indicates the desire of the Ukrainian authorities to mobilize as many citizens as possible in the defense of the country.

Although this decision may cause controversy and encourage discussion about the rights and duties of citizens, it is important to emphasize that it was made in the context of Ukraine's current challenges and needs to strengthen its defense capability.

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