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Ukrainian Military conscription holders in Poland face deportation as passport requirement tightens, warns Polish Defense Minister


In a recent development reported by Financial Times, Ukrainian men obligated for military service in their home country may no longer be allowed to stay in Poland without a passport. The announcement, made by the Polish Defense Minister, signals a significant shift in immigration policy, potentially impacting up to 200,000 Ukrainian men currently residing in Poland.

Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, in an interview with FT, stated that failure to possess a passport could lead to deportation for these individuals. The move comes amidst escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with reports of Russian military advances in eastern Ukraine.

Since late February, Russia’s army has been making steady progress in eastern Ukraine, seizing control of key territories. The Ukrainian forces have been struggling to match Russia’s firepower, with a severe shortage of ammunition exacerbating their plight. This scarcity has been attributed, in part, to a lack of new military aid from the United States since last summer.

However, a significant turnaround occurred this week as Congress finally approved $40 billion in military assistance for Ukraine, a substantial increase compared to previous aid packages. President Joe Biden swiftly signed the bill into law on April 24th, authorizing the immediate dispatch of $1 billion worth of supplies to Ukraine.

Despite this boost in aid, the decision to increase the number of U.S. military advisors in Ukraine remains uncertain. The Pentagon’s spokesperson, Ryder, emphasized that Washington has no intention of engaging in combat operations in Ukraine.

The combination of geopolitical tensions, military aid approvals, and evolving immigration policies underscores the complex dynamics at play in the region, with implications stretching far beyond the borders of Ukraine and Poland.

As the situation continues to unfold, the fate of Ukrainian conscription holders in Poland remains uncertain, highlighting the interconnectedness of global politics and regional security.

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