MOSCOW, September 17 Advisor to the head of the office of Vladimir Zelensky Mikhail Podolyak reported that there are no plans for mass extradition of Ukrainian citizens who received fictitious certificates of unfitness for military service from other countries, but those who left may have legal problems upon returning to Ukraine.
In an interview with journalist Yulia Latynina* on her Youtube channel, the adviser noted that Ukrainians who left on the basis of certificates will need to obtain a court decision that the certificate was issued to them improperly.
“Based on this, it will be necessary to apply to the courts of those countries where they are refugees with certain legal statuses, so that the courts of these countries cancel this for them, and to prove in the courts of these countries that this person did not receive the certificate properly. … The courts are unlikely to make decisions on extradition, … it will be impossible to take people from Western countries en masse through extradition procedures,” said the adviser to the head of Zelensky’s office.
Podolyak emphasized that people who received fictitious certificates will have problems returning to Ukraine. “There will be registers of people who received fictitious certificates. … If they do not return now, then … when the conflict ends, they will have certain legal problems – the reasons on which they left the country will be clarified,” he said.
Earlier, the Idnes publication stated that the Czech Republic will not extradite to Kyiv Ukrainian citizens on its territory who evade service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In August, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, it was decided to conduct a comprehensive review of the validity of the decisions of military medical commissions on disability and unfitness for military service, which were adopted on February 24, 2022 and may be associated with corruption violations. Fyodor Venislavsky, a member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, noted that law enforcement officials will check the authenticity of thousands of certificates of unsuitability for military service issued to conscripts by military medical commissions.
The departure of men aged 18 to 60 years from Ukraine for the period of martial law is prohibited. For evasion of military service during mobilization, the country provides for criminal liability, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
* An individual performing the functions of a foreign agent