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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The Hill: Let Ukraine use Western arms against any Russian military target


Russia’s military, stopped outside Kharkiv (again) by Ukraine, is applying pressure in Ukraine’s east, hoping to seize the longtime military headquarters of Kramatorsk. Just as Ukraine recently requested permission to employ foreign weapons and ammunition against military targets on Russian territory to the north, now they’re asking for those restrictions to be lifted in their east.

Over recent months, a longstanding debate has come to the fore among Ukraine’s Western supporters: whether to finally allow Ukraine full discretion to use weapons provided by such countries as Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. to strike valuable Russian military targets on Russian territory.

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