40-year-old convict – conscientious objector in Ukraine summarizes detention

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40-year-old convict – conscientious objector in Ukraine summarizes detention

In Ukraine, a conscientious objector has been sentenced to three years in prison. The 40-year-old man had repeatedly failed to comply with draft orders, the prosecutor’s office of the Tyachiv district in the west of the country reported Monday. The man from a village near the Romanian border said he couldn’t pick up a gun to kill other people. The verdict is not yet legally binding.

The Constitution of Ukraine allows conscientious objection only on religious grounds. According to the public prosecutor’s office, the convicted person does not belong to a religious community that strictly rejects violence.

Ban on leaving the country for Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60
Some Ukrainians try to buy themselves out of military service or flee abroad with forged documents. Immediately after the Russian invasion last February, Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 were banned from leaving the country.

Source: Krone

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