Translated from Russian language by J.Hawk
A Ukrainian journalist working for TV channel 112, Ruslan Kotsaba, has asked Ukrainians to boycott military mobilization, describing the events on the Donbass as a civil war in which “DPR supermen” are killing “VSU [Ukrainian army] supermen.”
Kotsaba said that he is prepared to serve a prison term rather than go into the army.
“Don’t even bother sending me a draft notice,” said the journalist.
“It’s impossible for people to kill one another simply because they want to live separately. There are no regular Russian army units in the Donbass, there are only the local guys whom they call the ‘levy’, or ‘separatists’, while they call us ‘dills’ [‘ukropy’]. All of this back and forth around the Donetsk airport is a massive cosmic injustice. Right now the best young guys are killing other best young guys. I am a frontline journalist and I know what I’m talking about. All the while these f*****s are sitting at HQs and in the Verkhovna Rada, which is a major injustice” said the journalist.
He called on Ukrainians to refuse to be mobilized.
“I call on all normal people to refuse the mobilization. If they want to go as volunteers, let God judge them, it’s their responsibility. But I know that one day this war will come to an end and they ought to know that the volunteers will be made to bear responsibility for everything,” said the journalist.
Ruslan Kotsaba was born in Ivano-Frankovsk, actively supported the Maidan, and voted for Petro Poroshenko. He is also known for his position concerning the Donbass conflict. In his view, civilian population is being killed there, and he calls it a civil war because Ukrainians are dying on both sides.
As noted earlier, the next wave of mobilization will draw into military service 50,000 people. During the course of the year between 100,000 and 200,000 Ukrainians may be sent to fight in the Donbass.
Ukrainian national deputies—battalion commanders are offering Ukrainian draftees to officially buy their way out of the draft by paying several thousand dollars
Translator’s Note: This is only to be expected, and it’s only going to get worse. Ukraine is a country in no shape to wage a war. Perhaps if the government were to renationalize all the stolen properties currently under control of Ukrainian oligarchs (whose ranks, incidentally, include the current president…) and conduct another, more equitable, wave of privatization, perhaps the Ukrainian people would be more willing to support the war. The proposal to allow draftees to buy their way out of the draft actually makes things worse, because it threatens to create a major social divide (as if yet another one was needed) in the Ukrainian society, by dividing it into those who can afford to pay with money, and those who are condemned to pay with blood. It's also very interesting that Kotsaba does not think the current Ukrainian government policy (or maybe even the government itself) is long for this world. The suggestion that the volunteers might be found responsible for, well, everything they were ordered to do by their political leadership is a plausible way for the current Ukrainian leadership to normalize relations with the Donbass, Russia, and pretty much the rest of the world.