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On Feb. 8, Ruslan Kotsaba, a vocal campaigner against the military draft, was arrested in a courtroom in him home town in western Ukraine. In his recent video address to President Petro Poroshenko, Kotsaba claimed he would rather spend up to five years in jail for refusal of being drafted to the army than start killing his “fellow citizens who live in the east.”
Now Kotsaba actually faces up to 15 years in jail, because the security service has accused him of state treason and obstruction to activity of military forces, Security Service of Ukraine senior adviser Markian Lubkivskyi wrote on his Facebook page. Lubkivsky said that the SBU found evidence of his crimes among his belongings.
The arrest caused an outcry among the public, and highlighted the differing opinions of the war that Ukraine has had to contend with since mobilization of young men began more than nine months ago.
originally posted by: noeltrotsky
ATS readers should consider the source, as always.
"In Zakarpattia Oblast, only 410 out of 1,110 people who received draft notices came to mobilization centers, Oleg Lysenko, a representative of General Staff said recently."
originally posted by: pirhanna
The best way for forward for all of us, globally, is to convince people to refuse to fight the wars of the ruling elite, and never take up arms except in the strictest self defense.
originally posted by: misskat1
a reply to: BornAgainAlien
I hope the whole world will take her lead. Maybe we can skip to the part where we "beat our swords to plow shears and learn war no more".
As long as there are young men willing to die for unjust causes, there will be old men willing to profit from it.