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Ukraine Antiwar Movement Grows

by Daniel McAdams, The News Doctors:

The Ukrainian government is desperate for more men on the eastern front to fight the separatists. The Ukrainian president, Poroshenko, has announced yet a third round of general military mobilization, and draft orders are being delivered across Ukraine. Scores more young men from as far off as the Romanian border face conscription into the military and being sent to fight fellow Ukrainians in the east.

Cash-strapped Ukraine is burning through $6 million per day as it enters its fifth month of attacks on separatist provinces. The government in Kiev announced late last month that it would allocate nearly one billion additional dollars for its military assault, while admitting that the treasury was totally empty. To make up some of the difference, the government announced that it was sharply reducing social services and would also introduce a 1.5 percent additional “war tax” on workers.

But bankruptcy, additional taxes, and the prospect of a very grim winter without Russian gas all paled in comparison to the explosion of anger among Ukrainian mothers who were told their sons would be sent off to fight in the east.

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