The spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guard, Anna Muchalska, said on Monday that in Poland there could be some 80,000 Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 who could be repatriated to their country at the request of Kiev in order to enlist them in the Army. .
In statements published today in Polish media, Michalska explained that, Since the start of the war in February last year, 2.88 million Ukrainian males aged 18-60 have entered and 2.8 million have left, so it is believed that some 80,000 people from this group remain in Poland.
However, a large part of them have returned to Ukrainian territory, according to information from the newspaper ‘Rzeczpospolita’.
“It is a significant number for Ukraine because these people can be mobilized and reinforce the troops at the front,” warned the spokesman for the Ukrainian president of the Committee for National Security, Defense and Intelligence of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Fyodor Venislavski.
At the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the president of that country, Volodímir Zelenski, prohibited men of military age from going abroad to be recruited.
Recently, the Ukrainian deputy David Arajamia suggested that the Government of his country begin to demand the repatriation of its citizens in this situation, as well as the revision of the medical exemptions granted since the beginning of the war.
In August, Zelensky announced a revision of the medical criteria “to give commanders more opportunities to have service personnel and to prevent misinterpretation of the concept of physical disability.”
On the other hand, Venislavsky announced a few days ago that the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office will be able to prosecute its citizens abroad on the grounds that they have illegally escaped the draft.
For his part, the spokesman for the Polish Police headquarters, Mariusz Ciarka, explained that “For there to be an extradition, Ukraine must issue an international arrest warrant for each of the cases and so, if we identify any of those people, for example, for a roadblock, a Polish court will decide on their extradition.”
Zelensky’s message to the soldiers
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, visited the front in the Bakhmut region and congratulated the soldiers stationed in the area, coinciding with the celebration of Special Forces Day.
“Bakhmut address. Advanced positions of the Special Operations Forces. Today I am here for congratulate soldiers on their professional day and honor their strength. I have received a report from the commander, I have spoken with the military. Very powerful, very effective. Thank you ”, Zelenski has published on his Telegram channel.
“It is very important to congratulate you in person. That is why I wanted to be here, shake your strong hands and thank you for not allowing them to occupy our State, ”he stressed, according to a presidential statement.
The Ukrainian president has explained that he cannot give details of the operations of the special forces, but his “heroic performance (…) will be known over time.” He did point out that the recent “liberation” of Staromayorske “is the result of the Special Forces in particular.”
“Thank you because after 520 days of large-scale war for our freedom, for the lives of each and every one of us, of our children, for the present and the future of our State, you continue to fight firmly”, he stressed before participating. with a military chaplain in a prayer for the victory of Ukraine.
“Thank you to everyone who makes victory closer and closer! Eternal memory for those who have given their lives for the good of Ukraine!”, he stressed.
(with information from EFE, EuropaPress)