January 26, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
President Vladimir Putin believes that the length of stay of the citizens of Ukraine, first of all, of military age, in Russia can be increased.
“By the way, many people already avoid mobilization, try to move to Russia, to wait it out here for a while. And rightly so, because they are just being pushed there as cannon fodder, under the bullets,” – said Putin during a meeting with students at National Mineral Resources University.
However, the head of the state noted that the length of stay of the citizens of Ukraine on the territory of Russia is restricted by law, according to RIA Novosti.
“In accordance with the new law, citizens of Ukraine can not stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for more than 30 days. They go back, and they are grabbed! And again, sent there, under the bullets. So we will probably change something here, ” – said Putin. “In the framework of the law we can increase the length of stay of certain categories of persons, primarily of military age”.
This idea has been floated in the Russian media, and looks like Putin took notice. This is an excellent peaceful measure which can cool the Ukrainian war effort, and a step towards peace. Not to mention, it would save the lives of these young men. And although Ukraine may replace these men with American or NATO contractors, it is the right decision.
Russians and Ukrainians are one people. Their ties go beyond business, a great number of residents of both countries are family. This has been a great resource for both Donbass refugees, Ukrainian men running from mobilization, and even residents of Central and Western Ukraine hit by the economic crisis. No matter how hard America tries, it will not succeed in the long run in splitting up Russia and Ukraine, tied by common destiny.