The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained a train conductor who was helping men of military age to travel to the European Union (EU). This was reported on Tuesday, April 18 in the Telegram channel of the special services.
It is noted that an employee of the Ukrzaliznytsia company hid men who wanted to leave Ukraine in the ventilation shaft, where they were during passport control. For one trip in this cache, the conductor could carry one person. For the service, he received about $ 2.5 thousand.
“SBU counterintelligence officers exposed illegal “traffic” and detained a railway worker at the Mostyska-2 checkpoint while trying to illegally export a person liable for military service abroad,” the report says.
A criminal case was initiated against the detainee under part 3 of Art. 332 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Illegal transfer of persons across the state border”).
Mobilization in Ukraine has become violent, and military registration and enlistment office officers are rounding up recruits. Many men of military age tend to leave the country because of this.
On April 15, it was reported that in Ukraine the administrator of the Telegram channel “Where are the subpoenas? Lutsk/Volyn region» for help in evading service. According to available information, he informed the residents of the city about the places of distribution of subpoenas, so that citizens of military age could not intersect with employees of the military registration and enlistment offices. The man was charged with “interfering with the lawful activities” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and sentenced to five years in prison.
Prior to that, on April 13, the Ukrainian media suspected the Odessa Suvorov Military Commissariat of forcibly detaining recruits. According to the wife of one of the victims, her husband was arrested by employees of the military commissariat. The servicemen did not show any identification and also tried to seize the woman’s phone.
On April 10, a petition to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for immediate demobilization gained the necessary 25,000 votes. Citizens demanded the demobilization of those liable for military service, who were called up a year and a half ago.
Martial law in Ukraine has been in effect since February 2022. At the same time, Zelensky signed a decree on general mobilization. Later, the Verkhovna Rada repeatedly extended its validity. Most men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country.