MOSCOW, 14 Nov. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is undermining their combativeness by maintaining a decree on movement restrictions for men introduced in late February, writes Foreign Policy columnist Charlie Carpenter.
As the columnist recalled, the movement ban remains in place eight months later after the start of the conflict in the country, preventing millions of citizens from earning a living and food for their families. The law exacerbates an already dire situation with unemployment exceeding 30 percent, the author noted.
“Polls show that this is an unpopular measure among a wide range of Ukrainians, who not only cite it is counterproductive to the military effort,” the article says.
According to the inhabitants of the country, the order to restrict movement – and especially its gender component – can affect morale. The law “betrays Ukraine, makes the flower of the nation die for the sake of foreign states and does not bring any benefit,” said one of those interviewed by the Human Security Laboratory.
From February 24, Russia has been conducting a special operation to liberate Donbass from Ukrainian nationalists. Vladimir Putin called its task “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.”