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Almost 70 percent of conscripts evade army draft in Ukraine's Uzhgorod

The perpetrators face either fine or up to 3 years in prison
16:18, 4 October 2018

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68% of the conscripts did not show up at military enlistment offices in Uzhgorod, western Ukraine. The local city council reported this on Thursday.

'1,377 conscripts are due to show up at the military enlistment office, and about a hundred of them should be enlisted for compulsory military service. Currently, one of the major issues is the failure to show up at the enlistment office; 68 % of young men did not show up,' the message says.

The evasion from military duty envisages administrative and criminal responsibility; the first act of evasion results in a fine in the amount from five to seven personal exemptions, the second one - in the amount from 10 to 15 personal exemptions. The toughest legal measure of punishment in this case is three years-long imprisonment. 

The autumn military draft began on October 1 and will be running through December 31. It was supposed to end in November, but the General Staff of the Armed Forces admitted the term was extended until December because the National Guard and the State Border Guard need to man the active duty units.  

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