Mobilization or Coffinization? Opposition to military draft grows in Ukraine.



Ukrainians are encouraged to boycott mobilization, which is
being called “coffinization.” 

Translated from Russian language by J.Hawk

A Ukrainian journalist working for TV channel 112, Ruslan
Kotsaba, has asked Ukrainians to boycott military mobilization, describing the
events on the Donbass as a civil war in which “DPR supermen” are killing “VSU
[Ukrainian army] supermen.”

Kotsaba said that he is prepared to serve a prison term
rather than go into the army.

“Don’t even bother sending me a draft notice,” said the

“It’s impossible for people to kill one another simply
because they want to live separately. There are no regular Russian army units
in the Donbass, there are only the local guys whom they call the ‘levy’, or ‘separatists’,
while they call us ‘dills’ [‘ukropy’]. All of this back and forth around the
Donetsk airport is a massive cosmic injustice. Right now the best young guys
are killing other best young guys. I am a frontline journalist and I know what
I’m talking about. All the while these f*****s are sitting at HQs and in the
Verkhovna Rada, which is a major injustice” said the journalist.

He called on Ukrainians to refuse to be mobilized.

“I call on all normal people to refuse the mobilization. If
they want to go as volunteers, let God judge them, it’s their responsibility.
But I know that one day this war will come to an end and they ought to know
that the volunteers will be made to bear responsibility for everything,” said
the journalist.

Ruslan Kotsaba was born in Ivano-Frankovsk, actively
supported the Maidan, and voted for Petro Poroshenko. He is also known for his
position concerning the Donbass conflict. In his view, civilian population is
being killed there, and he calls it a civil war because Ukrainians are dying on
both sides.

As noted earlier, the next wave of mobilization will draw
into military service 50,000 people. During the course of the year between
100,000 and 200,000 Ukrainians may be sent to fight in the Donbass.

Ukrainian national deputies—battalion commanders are
offering Ukrainian draftees to officially buy their way out of the draft by
paying several thousand dollars

Translator’s Note: This is only to be expected, and it’s
only going to get worse. Ukraine is a country in no shape to wage a war.
Perhaps if the government were to renationalize all the stolen properties
currently under control of Ukrainian oligarchs (whose ranks, incidentally,
include the current president…) and conduct another, more equitable, wave of
privatization, perhaps the Ukrainian people would be more willing to support
the war. The proposal to allow draftees to buy their way out of the draft
actually makes things worse, because it threatens to create a major social
divide (as if yet another one was needed) in the Ukrainian society, by dividing
it into those who can afford to pay with money, and those who are condemned to
pay with blood. It’s also very interesting that Kotsaba does not think the current Ukrainian government policy (or maybe even the government itself) is long for this world. The suggestion that the volunteers might be found responsible for, well, everything they were ordered to do by their political leadership is a plausible way for the current Ukrainian leadership to normalize relations with the Donbass, Russia, and pretty much the rest of the world.

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