Ukrainian men of fighting age to remain in the country during war — PM Shmyhal

10 May, 01:24 PM
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal/Facebook)

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal/Facebook)

There are no plans to open the borders for men of fighting age during the period of martial law in Ukraine, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine published on May 9.

"During martial law, this (departure of men of conscription age abroad) is not foreseen,” Shmyhal said. “It is really the military making decisions here, but I believe that while the war is going on, all men should be in Ukraine.” 

This comes after, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the President's Office, on May 4 told Ukrainian television’s Channel 24 that a "discussion was underway" to allow certain categories of men to travel abroad for short periods: 

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“Volunteers are leaving with a commitment to return. Businessmen, scientists — numerous categories need it. But this requires amendments to mobilization legislation… Discussion of this is ongoing." 

After the start of the full-scale Russian invasion on Feb. 24, martial law was imposed in Ukraine and mobilization was announced. Those who have experience of military service or military training in peacetime are now being called up. Men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country, with a few exceptions.

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