The first EU country refuses to extradite conscripts to Ukraine

Austrian authorities have refused to extradite men of military age who have come to the country from Ukraine.

Ukraine expects all Western European countries that have accepted Ukrainian refugees to return men of military age to their home countries so that they can be drafted into the army and sent to the front. This was announced by the head of the parliamentary group of the Servant of the People party, Dawid Arakhamia.

“In fact, our law enforcement agencies in any country in the world except Russia can request the extradition of such people and bring them to Ukraine,” Arakhamia said.

Ministry of the Interior of Austria: We will not let anyone dictate the terms

Austria’s interior ministry said the possibility of deporting Ukrainian men back to Ukraine with the prospect of being sent to the front was “absolutely not considered”.

– Even if a written demand from the Ukrainian government is sent to Vienna, it will be ignored. Austria will not allow anyone to dictate conditions, said the spokesman for the Austrian Foreign Ministry, quoted by the newspaper “Exxpress”.

According to press reports, there are currently about 14,000 Jews in Austria. men aged 18 to 54 who left Ukraine because of the war. The government in Vienna helped a total of 101,629 refugees – men, women, children and the elderly.

As of June 2023, 5.6 to 6.7 million citizens had fled Ukraine before the war. Kiev authorities estimate that 63 percent. plans to return to his homeland.

The war in Ukraine has been going on for a year and a half

The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24 last year. and it lasts 562 days. Moscow is calling its actions not a war, but a “special military operation” being conducted to protect the Russian-speaking population from the “neo-Nazi government” in Kiev. The Kremlin is demanding “demilitarization” and “denazification” of Ukraine, and the recognition of Crimea, which was annexed in 2014, as Russian.

The official casualties of the Ukrainian army since the beginning of the large-scale Russian invasion are not known; authorities in Kiev keep this figure a secret, as do Moscow. In August, the New York Times reported that Ukraine’s and Russia’s losses totaled half a million soldiers, including 120,000. killed and 180,000 wounded on the Russian side and 70,000. killed and 120,000 wounded on the Ukrainian side.

Source: Do Rzeczy