Ukraine eyes law to deprive people of citizenship — Analysis

This proposed law targets men who have fled the country in violation of martial law, and did not return to their homeland within thirty days.

Ukrainian lawmakers introduced a bill that would deprive conscripts from citizenship if the country was under martial law.

In a bill registered in the Verkhovna Rada – Ukraine’s parliament – on Tuesday, lawmakers proposed several amendments to legislation defining the legal regime under martial law intended to “strengthen the economy and defensive capabilities of the country.” 

One suggestion is that those deemed liable for military service might be denied Ukrainian citizenship, if they fail to return home within 30 days.

This would be applicable to anyone who has left the country and didn’t return home without valid reasons, including a ban, an accident, natural disasters or business trips abroad, hospitalization, or any other circumstance that prevented the person from returning home.

Additionally, the bill states that individuals could be sent to the Russian Federation if they have fled the conflict between Moscow and Kiev or if they have refused to mobilize.

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The decree extending martial law in Ukraine and general mobilization terms by 90 days was signed by Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President. This is currently awaiting approval from the Supreme Council of Ukraine.

Under Ukraine’s martial law, men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country and all citizens liable for military service are required to participate in the general mobilization of all reserve forces.

Ukraine imposed martial law on February 24, after Russia attacked the neighboring state following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was French and German-brokered, gave the regions that were separated special status in the Ukrainian government.

Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.

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