• AutoTL;DRB
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    691 year ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    KYIV, Aug 11 (Reuters) - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy broadened his battle against graft on Friday, firing all the heads of Ukraine’s regional army recruitment centres as the war with Russia enters a critical stage.

    Zelenskiy said a state investigation into centres across Ukraine had exposed abuses by officials ranging from illegal enrichment to transporting draft-eligible men across the border despite a wartime ban on them leaving the country.

    Ukraine has made cracking down on graft a priority as it fends off Russia’s full-scale invasion and seeks membership of the European Union and has fired or prosecuted a string of high-ranking officials implicated in sleaze.

    Zelenskiy said that any sacked army recruitment officers who are not being investigated should head to the front to fight for Ukraine “if they want to keep their epaulettes and prove their dignity”.

    Videos purporting to depict army recruiters aggressively pursuing or becoming violent with would-be draftees have gone viral on social media in the country, which has been under martial law since the invasion.

    Zelenskiy said top general Valery Zaluzhny would be responsible for implementing Friday’s decision and that new candidates for the posts would first be vetted by Ukraine’s domestic security service, the SBU.


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    • harc
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      811 year ago

      Misses important bit;

      “This system should be run by people who know exactly what war is and why cynicism and bribery during war is treason,” he said, adding that those fired would be replaced by recent veterans and soldiers wounded at the front.

      • @SheeEttin
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        251 year ago

        those fired would be replaced by recent veterans and soldiers wounded at the front

        Somehow I’m not sure that they would be the most effective recruiters.

        • @[email protected]
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          411 year ago

          They’re not trying to sell a bright future like military recruiters in the US. People are forced to do their military service by law and the recruiters are responsible to match the drafted people with the role that fits best.

        • @CitizenKong
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          121 year ago

          Hey it worked for Starship Troopers.

        • @[email protected]
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          I beg to differ. The applicants talking to recent vets or wounded soldiers know that these people could be their future. It is important to know all the possible outcomes, including possible PSTD, death, or dismemberment. Having recruiters that are too disconnected from the human war cost is a disservice, in my opinion.

          I think I missed my point in there. They would be more effective when those new soldiers are on the frontline fighting, instead of selling a false image of how easy joining would be. That false sell would result in wasted resources training soldiers that wouldn’t be as effective. Sometimes it’s better to have less people in your unit, when the extra bodies (that were lied to) would cause more wasted time and energy. Time and energy that should be focused on war.

        • @[email protected]
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          01 year ago

          I doesn’t matter if the guy serving draft notices was wounded.

          I guess some of the lucky conscripts will try to run away and then it might matter.

  • ArxCyberwolf
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    I knew from reading the headline that Hexbear’s horde of mouthbreathers would show up to brigade and spread their propaganda. Sure enough, here we are

    Edit: You guys really are just proving my point lmao

    • @[email protected]
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      151 year ago

      Hexbear users rushing to bombard this comment with image reactions to say they’re not brigading

        • UFO
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          31 year ago

          I play “count the fallacies” with the comments. So far I’ve seen: ad homonim; what-about-ism; strawman ; appeal to popularity ; appeal to authority ; hasty generalization / ecological fallacy

          I get bored well before I stop counting

          • ArxCyberwolf
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            211 months ago

            Lol I don’t even bother with reading anything they say at all. I just block anyone who’s on Hexbear, I must have half the instance blocked. And my experience browsing Lemmy has been so much better for it!

          • ArxCyberwolf
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            -11 year ago

            They only were recently federated, and got defederated from some large instances like lemmy.world for their explicit intent to brigade other instances and communities to spread their “anti-liberal” nonsense.

        • @[email protected]
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          21 year ago

          Russian troll farms have hit lemmy = lemmy has made it to the social media big leagues now!

        • @[email protected]
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          -71 year ago

          Crying about “tankies” is just calling everything “woke” with extra steps. Not everyone there automatically supports NATO/Ukraine but it’s far from what you describe.

          • @[email protected]
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            There are still significant numbers of people denying the genocide currently happening and actively rooting for the invaders, which is why I pointed it out. There’s a reason they have been defederated by so many large instances. This has nothing to do at all with anything “woke” and I don’t see why you’d even bring it up.

            Edit: I just had a look at their frontpage and the first post there is about how the “western MSM” lied about the counteroffensive and how “Stalin shouldn’t have stopped at Berlin”. Yeah, alright. lmao

            • @[email protected]
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              Republican: “Everything to the left of me is woke.”

              Republican pretending to be liberal online: “Everything to the left of me is tankie.”

              At the end of the day it’s a word that can mean anything you want, and is only useful as a tactic to divide resistance against right wingers.

    • @[email protected]
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      71 year ago

      I’ve been interacting with them recently to see what they are all about and lmao I don’t think I’ve ever had a dumber discussion in my life. Truly they are uniquely stupid.

    • @[email protected]
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      71 year ago

      Very cool that the moment someone says “brigading” I can look at their profile and see, yup they joined in June. Wonder why that is 🤔

    • UFO
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      31 year ago

      My cats have learned the wirr motor sound of the feeder means food. So they’ll run from whereever in the house at an motor sound. Suddenly like “it’s food time right? Right? But the noise means food…” Regardless of any further context.

      Same same but different with hexbear.

  • @[email protected]
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    Drafts should be considered a war crime against your own people. If you can’t defend your country without a draft, it doesn’t deserve to be defended because there are obviously not enough people willing to fight for it. Turning your citizens into slaves and sending them into the meat grinder makes you a monster.

    • @[email protected]
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      491 year ago

      Making education so expensive that the only way for some to pursue education is to die for their country is a crime. If majority of your citizen view being part of army is only for poor people, your country does not deserve to be protected because obviously not enough people willing to fight for it. Turning your citizens into slaves and sending them into the meat grinder makes you a monster.

      • @[email protected]
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        51 year ago

        You’re right, but the economy forcing people into wage slavery is a separate issue that also needs to be addressed.

        • R0cket_M00se
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          21 year ago

          It’s not a separate issue. The US was criticized for drafting people so the benefits that come with service became more expensive on their own in order to encourage enlistment.

    • @[email protected]
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      351 year ago

      I have the opposite view. A country at war should have the draft, and there should be no exceptions, so that the politicians who send other people’s children off to fight also have to send their own.

      Most soldiers in a “professional” army are there because their families are poor and they have few other options to make a living.

      • @[email protected]
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        121 year ago

        There will always be exceptions, for example for disabilities or medical conditions. Most of those exceptions will be more accessible to wealthy or influential families that can afford to pay off doctors than poorer families.

      • @[email protected]
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        41 year ago

        so that the politicians who send other people’s children off to fight also have to send their own.

        Right, because politicians always follow the same rules we do and totally wouldn’t just find a way to dodge the draft.

        Most soldiers in a “professional” army are there because their families are poor and they have few other options to make a living.

        You’re right. Many feel forced into it by unlivable economic conditions. That doesn’t mean we should answer wage slavery with more slavery.

      • GodlessCommie
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        11 year ago

        Politicians didn’t send their own children when there was a draft in the US. Trump AND Biden are evidence of this

        • @[email protected]
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          21 year ago

          Trump and Biden both avoided the draft with “1-Y” (medical) exemption. Keep in mind that more than half the 27 million eligible males were exempted or disqualified for some reason, so it’s not as if this was something only politicians did.

          • GodlessCommie
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            I would wager there was a higher percentage of the wealthy that somehow got an exemption

      • @[email protected]
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        Make declaration of war a mandatory vote for every citizen. Anyone who votes “yes” (or illegally abstains) gets registered for the draft. Anyone who votes “no” is unregistered.

        I know it’s not really feasible because governments need to be able to react swiftly in times of war. But these days with computers and cell phones, there’s very little reason that the government couldn’t push a “go download our secure voting app/visit this link to cast your vote” notification via the emergency alert broadcasting system.

        • Endorkend
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          Ukraine didn’t decide to go to war.

          They were invaded.

          • GodlessCommie
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            After the US set the stage and created the environment to start a war.

        • @[email protected]
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          How do you reckon it would work when it comes to age? Is the vote limited just to people of military age? Does this mean that whether or not to declare war effectively falls in the hands of ~18 - 30 year olds?

          Or is it open to everyone and even some old warhawk could be drafted? Are handicapped people not allowed to vote? Women that don’t meet combat standards?

          There is always the option to draft them into some sort of non-combat role. But if you knew you were only going for a non-combat role, it could be a lot easier to vote “yes”.

    • flipht
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      Lack of a draft is almost directly and solely responsible for the current quagmire of the US military - when we had a draft, normal people were pulled and had to serve with other normal people. They had real lives to go back to. They had family and friends who would listen to them and write their representatives to complain if the use of those human resources was inappropriate. Seeing body bags flying home and a televised razing of a foreign jungle turned a lot of people off from war. And they made their voices heard.

      Now, the only people being asked to pay attention are career military professionals. They often do not have a job or life outside of the military to tie them to normal life. They’ve also gotten smarter about where they fly corpses in, so the news can’t provide a solid day-by-day count of the wasted lives. These folks aren’t pushing back against the worst excesses of the military, because their college benefit or their pension require them to shut up and just do what they’re told.

      There’s a great documentary called Sir! No, Sir! about the vibrant protest movement from within the military, driven mostly by draftees during Vietnam.

      I don’t disagree with your initial reasoning, but there’s a different take that says that what we have allowed is for the worst of us to control the policy for all of us, with nearly no external oversight.

      • @bouh
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        This is a difficult problem to solve for a society though. The army is needed, because it’s what allows your country to exist. In time of peace, draft is really not optimal, because people are taken a year of their life for absolutely nothing. But the army need to keep its structure alive and functioning, or there’ll be nothing when it’s needed.

        The army of professionals is a good solution, and they do a hard job to keep an important piece of the state alive when no one cares about it.

        Ultimately I think it’s better if poor people make the core of the army because it means ultimately the safety of the nation is in their hands. Still, culture of the military men should be better taken care of, and elitism of the command structure should be fought.

    • bane_killgrind
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      Being in a country with a very high population means you have the privilege of enough volunteers to protect your borders.

    • GodlessCommie
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      Imagine living in a society where speaking against war gets a person downvoted. The public is so easily manipulated into hating the people they are told is the enemy.

    • @[email protected]
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      I would be more likely to go the other way starship troopers style only those with the character to defend their country should have the right to vote in that country. Those leeching off the system and letting others doing the difficult things shouldn’t be rewarded

      • @wahming
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        So essentially install a military dictatorship, because only the military gets any votes?

      • LucasWaffyWaf
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        Mate, the Starship Troopers movie was a satire, not a fucking checklist.