Desperate for soldiers, Ukraine weighs unpopular plan to expand the draft

February 22, 2024

Tens of thousands of other eligible Ukrainian men are estimated to be evading the draft, at home or abroad. Because there aren’t enough new recruits, soldiers on the front line aren’t getting enough rest in between rotations. An estimated 300,000 Ukrainian soldiers are currently fighting along the front line, while others serve elsewhere, lawmakers said. A recruit looks through a medical report after he passed medical examination in a city hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. NEW RECRUITSAt a recruitment center in Kyiv, men are examined by doctors to determine their fitness to serve.