Ukraine arrests journalist after call to dodge draft


Ukraine’s security service arrested a journalist on treason charges Sunday after he posted a video online urging people to dodge the country’s new military draft, his wife and officials said.

Ruslan Kotsaba — a television journalist from the western region of Ivano-Frankivsk — was ordered held in custody for 60 days pending investigations, his wife, Uliana, wrote on Facebook.

A senior official at Ukraine’s SBU security agency, Markian Lubkivskyi, wrote online that Kotsaba was detained on suspicion of treason, an accusation that carries a possible 15-year jail sentence.

Kotsaba published a video on YouTube last month denouncing a new round of military call-ups by Kiev to boost its forces fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east.

“I would prefer to go to prison than to participate in this fratricidal war,” Kotsaba said in the footage, which was viewed more than 300,000 times.

“I refuse to be drafted and call on everyone who is called up to refuse,” he said.

After 10 months of conflict, opinion is split in war-weary Ukraine over the latest government plan to mobilize around 50,000 men.

A senior official has admitted that almost 40 percent of men called up to serve in Kotsaba’s home region have left Ukraine.

Ukraine is desperately trying to bolster its forces as it accuses Moscow of pouring in troops and weapons in support of the pro-Russian rebellion.

Fighting in east Ukraine has killed some 5,400 people and wounded around 12,000 more since April 2014.

  • JdL

    I also call on all Ukrainian men to refuse “service” (i.e. complete slavery) and I call on the world to give the finger to the United States government, the would-be puppet-master in this whole sordid affair. Secession is a right, and the eastern part of the former Ukraine has clearly taken that step. Anyone who invades should be dealt with appropriately.

  • warforbankers

    Lunatic oligarch ruled dictatorship, blindly supported by Washington & EU.

    • JCDavis

      There’s nothing blind about it. Victoria Nuland (one of big time neocons Obama mysteriously has in his administration) was caught picking the next government before the coup. So expect that the ruling group are CIA assets, taking orders.

  • Drago Barbulov

    they have done to the ukraine, what they did to Yugoslavia.

    • Bruno

      Yup,Westren Goverements hated the Progress which Yugoslavia was progressing with. They feared that Yugoslavia would be a rival to German’s industrial sectors. Thats why they had to remove Yugoslavia out of the way..

      • Drago Barbulov

        it stands to reason there is something treacherous about it all. recognizing states into sovereignty, although that would lead to civil wars, is diplomatically daft. but thank you for bringing up this point. I will look into the pre breakup manufacturing sector and get an idea of what you are saying. but it makes sense, A reunited Germany was a principal player in butchering Yugoslavia.

      • Oleg V. Volkov

        On that note, Ukraine was slowly climbing up in production and wealth under supposedly “tyranical and corrupt” Yanukovich who was overthrown in this violent coup, while it was complete disaster under previous ONCE AGAIN U.S.-APPROVED ruler Yuschenko. So US have double gain in all this – stick it up to Russia and completely destroy another slavic country that was faring well enough.

        Additionally it so startling to see how “tyranical” Yanukovich had tons of opposition parties not only in Rada, but directly as ministers in government, while new “democratic” overlords started their rule from COMPLETELY DISBANDING Party of Regions – biggest Eastern Ukraine party, arresting its leaders, dismissing each and every official that was connected to it – including senior respected hospital directors who saved hundreds of lives in their service, silencing all dissent even among their own (Katsaba mentioned in article was staunch pro-Maidan journalist) and introducing slavery laws like forbidding all draft-eligible men to even leave their administrative regions! For comparison, “tyrannical” Yanukovich was about to cancel draft laws completely this year if he could finish his time.

        Such complete hypocrisy from the “democrats” supported by “biggest democrats in the World” would be funny beyond any circus imaginable, if not for rivers of blood it brought.

      • Bruno

        ” stick it up to Russia and completely destroy another slavic country that was faring well enough.”

        It wasn’t Russia that destroyed Ukraine it was your beloved America.

        The same America that destroyed other Slavic eastern Euporean countries including Yugoslavia.

      • Oleg V. Volkov

        Bruno do you even understand English? Because it seems you don’t.

      • Bruno

        I am British. Funny an ad hominem on my English while your knowing your original post which parts didn’t even made any sense at all. Mr OLEG if that is what you claim to be.