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As Russia makes gains, Ukraine needs more
soldiers. But expanding the draft is controversial

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 2/21/2024 10:14:16 AM

Kyiv, Ukraine — The small group of women thought about canceling their protest when the sirens went off. But even though Kyiv was under missile attack again, it went ahead anyway. Antonina brought along her 3-year-old son Sasha. (Snip) Mobilization periods are currently open-ended, with no statutory cut-off. Antonina’s husband volunteered two years ago, just after Russia’s full-scale invasion. Now aged 43, he has served long enough, she told CNN. “It is hard for my husband to endure this length of time on the ground, avoiding all the shells and doing everything he needs to do at the front line,”


*Daria Tarasova-Markina and Victoria Butenko
Ukraine has a dearth of men under age 25. And they have been slow to enforce existing mobilization rules.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Quigley 2/21/2024 10:35:41 AM (No. 1662270)
Can’t we just air freight our citizens over there to fight? That will speed up replacing all the old voters with new voters too; the kind that just hand over the signed mail in ballot to the party representative sent to collect them.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: tootall 2/21/2024 10:53:41 AM (No. 1662286)
Why not just round up our illegals and send them over there? A little bit of a twist on what Dick Durbin wants to do. And if they serve valiantly, give them a path to Ukrainian citizenship! This could catch on!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: weejun 2/21/2024 11:56:56 AM (No. 1662343)
Since the start of this war, I have been amazed at how those in favor of giving the Ukrainians "whatever is necessary to win" conveniently ignore basic military facts. The type of war being waged here is massive force against massive force - not massive force against hit and run guerrillas and small units ala Afghanistan and Iraq post OIF. Accordingly, boots on the ground will be a key factor for victory. Russia has a population of 143 million: Ukraine, about 41 million. Given the ongoing slugfest and its personnel attrition, guess who runs out of soldiers first? And no amount of firepower/weapons/ammo/advanced military systems short of nuclear weapons can fix this asymmetry.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: smokincol 2/21/2024 12:15:15 PM (No. 1662356)
what they really want in Ukraine is for American boots on the ground
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Venturer 2/21/2024 2:51:40 PM (No. 1662439)
From the beginning this war was lost in spite of us sending them $ billions. Their only hope is NATO soldiers and a third world war. NATO countries who refuse to pay their fair share aren't about to send their youth to die in Ukraine. If we send our we are truly insane.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: SALady 2/21/2024 3:34:16 PM (No. 1662460)
When the west got involved and started funding Ukraine, Russia knew this would be a war of attrition. And they were fine with that, considering they have about 6 times the population of Ukraine. If the Ukrainian officials truly cared about the Ukrainian people, they would have allowed the western nations to barter a peace accord very early on -- saving countless lives and infrastructure. But they were too busy lining their pockets with all the untraceable $$$'s from the west to care about the Ukrainian peasants, and their homes, businesses, roads, churches, and lives.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: chumley 2/21/2024 3:34:28 PM (No. 1662461)
Beth sides in this war are reprehensible and I dont really care who wins or loses. The Russians are flat out evil and the Ukrainians are completely corrupt and hosted bio-weapon labs of ours that would be illegal here. Neither side is worth one penny of US money or one drop of US blood.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: kono 2/21/2024 6:59:54 PM (No. 1662584)
Ah, #1 gave me an idea. Couldn't Governor Abbott shift from sending busloads of "immigrants" to New York, to sending planeloads of them to Kiev?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: NeonVortex 2/21/2024 7:32:34 PM (No. 1662604)
Why don't you volunteer, Andy?
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