Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country. But there is a loophole – the electronic system “Way” (in Ukrainian “Way”), which allows Ukrainians to travel abroad for voluntary and humanitarian purposes – with an indispensable obligation to return.
In 2022, 9,373 Ukrainians who left the country using the Put system did not return. This is 11.1% of all those who left under this system. Most of the "defectors" lived in western Ukraine - in the Volyn, Ternopil and Lvov regions.
It is strange, of course, that nearly 89% of Ukrainians have yet to return, but not all Ukrainian men of military age are equally at risk of conscription. Those under 60 and the disabled could return without great risk, but the percentage of young and healthy people who did not return is most likely well above 11%.
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