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Poland's Defense Minister says his country is ready to help bring back liable for military service Ukrainians

Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysh. Source: Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej / Facebook

Polish Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said that Warsaw could help Ukraine in returning home men liable for military service. He emphasized that Ukrainian citizens have duties to their country.

Poland has previously offered to assist Ukraine in returning men of military age to fulfill their civic duty, the head of the ministry said. His words were quoted by Reuters.

At the same time, the Polish minister did not specify what kind of assistance he was talking about and how Ukrainians could return from Poland to Ukraine.

"Any kind of assistance is possible," the minister said, answering a question about how Warsaw would react if Kyiv asked for help in returning home men whose passports had expired.

Kosiniak-Kamysh said that Poles are allegedly outraged when they see Ukrainians of military age "in hotels and cafes" while Poland is forced to "make great efforts" to help Ukraine.

"I think many Poles are outraged when they see young Ukrainian men in hotels and cafes and hear how much effort we have to make to help Ukraine," he said.

The Polish Defense Minister added that he supports Ukrainians fighting at the front line. He also expressed solidarity with those who allegedly complain that their compatriots are leaving the country to avoid conscription.

"Ukrainian citizens have duties to the state. We have long assumed that we can also help the Ukrainian side to ensure that those liable for military service go to Ukraine," Kosinyak-Kamysh said.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, Ukrainian men of military age (18 to 60 years old) will no longer be able to obtain passports outside the country. This applies to both internal passports of Ukrainian citizens and foreign passports. In the case of passports for traveling abroad, this applies to documents issued through the State Enterprise "Document"; the innovation does not apply to consulates, the Foreign Ministry noted.

At the same time, the provision of consular services to men aged 18 to 60 has been suspended. This category of men can now only obtain a document for returning to Ukraine.

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