Boston Globe: No army for young men

In times of war and even peace, the United States and Europe have turned to their young people to fill their ranks. But Ukraine is different.

Since Russia invaded it in 2021, Ukraine has largely protected its younger citizens, relying heavily on older adults and foreign volunteers to fight in its trenches. To some, this policy has raised questions about whether, to paraphrase a term from poker, the country has been “all in” about resisting the Russian assault.

But to Ukrainians, protecting their youth entails taking a long view of the nation and cultural future. “The youth are Ukraine’s future,” Michel Terestchenko, a Ukrainian politician and businessman, told me. “Fathers and grandfathers know this and are happy to defend their homes and families.”

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