Official: There will be no “mass extradition” of draft evaders from abroad

Source: Kyiv Independent Sept 5 2023

Ukrainians evading conscription abroad may be extradited “individually” but there will be no “mass extradition,” Fedir Venislavsky, President Voldymyr Zelensky’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada, said on Sept. 5. 

Venislavsky said that legally there is no procedure for the mass extradition of Ukrainian citizens from abroad as criminal liability has a personalized individual character. 

On Sept. 4, Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita published an article saying that men who illegally left Ukraine may be extradited to their homeland. 

On Sept. 1, Davyd Arakhamiia, head of the parliamentary faction of Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, also said that Ukrainians liable for military service who left Ukraine illegally may be extradited home.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the State Border Service has recorded more than 20,000 attempts to illegally leave Ukraine, according to Andriy Demchenko, the spokesman for the service.


  1. I’m not sure how I feel about these cowards. Leave them wherever they are without ever being able to come home or extradite and arrest them. I wouldn’t want any of these asses in my fox hole.

  2. Ukraine is fighting for its very life. It needs every single person who can fight; whether experienced or trainees.
    The diaspora has not been tapped enough. If people with no connection to Ukraine are prepared to join the foreign legion, then so should those with Ukrainian antecedents.
    Those able bodied Ukrainian men who ran away will be virtually unemployable on return. Who would want to hire a shirker?
    Of course some able-bodied men simply can’t fight, for a variety of reasons. In those cases they can work in logistics or many other public services: infrastructure repair, emergency services etc.
    Ukraine should have its own Wagner, consisting of cold, calculating criminal scum (not psychopaths) released from jail to fight for cash. They can have a contract that states that if they defect or commit sabotage, their entire families could be made to suffer massive financial losses or even face imprisonment or execution. Close family members should also sign.
    The Ukrainian Wagner could be used specifically to work behind enemy lines, or inside the RF itself; invading and occupying strategic towns and settlements.

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