Male-Only Conscription Will Undermine Ukraine’s War Effort

Bogdan, who is staying to fight while his family leaves the country, says goodbye to his wife Lena at the Kyiv station, Ukraine, March 3, 2022 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).
Bogdan, who is staying to fight while his family leaves the country, says goodbye to his wife Lena at the Kyiv station, Ukraine, March 3, 2022 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).

As the war in Ukraine enters its third week and the refugee crisis in neighboring countries intensifies, among the many heartbreaking stories in the international spotlight is the separation at the border of Ukrainian families fleeing the fighting. As The New York Times’ Daily podcast reported, fathers, brothers, boyfriends and husbands as well as single men between the ages of 18 and 60 are being forced to stay and enlist in Ukraine’s military, while women of all ages are not only being allowed over borders but actively encouraged to flee. This denial of the right to flee on the basis of age and […]

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