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Ukraine restores consular services for men of military age

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From May 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will lift the temporary ban on providing consular services to men aged 18-60 who live abroad, Reuters reported. On this day, a new mobilization law enters into force, which introduces changes to the current recruitment system for the Ukrainian army.

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians of mobilization age live abroad while their country faces an acute shortage of soldiers to defend against armed invasion. Russia – Reuters reported, referring to Friday's decision of the Ministry of Diplomacy in Kiev.

On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ukraine announced that after a “technical break” of several weeks, the “necessary algorithms for the provision of consular services in accordance with the new mobilization law” have been updated.

From May 18, men aged 18-60 who live abroad can apply for consular services, but must also present a military registration document in paper or electronic form.

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Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kiev EvrenKalinbacak/Shutterstock

“It does not work like that”

In April this year, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kulebadeciding to suspend consular services for Ukrainians of military age abroad, announced that “being abroad does not release you from your obligations to the state.”

“If these people believe that someone far away at the front is fighting and giving their life for the state, and someone will stay abroad and receive services from the state, then it doesn't work like that,” he wrote on the X platform.

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The mobilization law enters into force

On May 18, a new mobilization law enters into force in Ukraine, which introduces a number of changes to the current military recruitment system, including extending the authorities' powers to issue calls for military service via an electronic system.

Kułeba previously informed that after this date, “the process of accepting and considering applications for consular activities will continue taking into account the new requirements arising from the provisions of the Act.

Reuters recalled that according to the Eurostat database, in January 2024, about 4.3 million Ukrainians lived in the European Union, including about 860,000 adult men.

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