Ukraine keeps more men at home, withdraws exemption for leaving for study | House

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Peter Kavinsky


“I’m still in Ukraine, I don’t have the opportunity to go to the Czech Republic. My semester started already on September 19, but I also know students who started at the beginning of the month and they still can’t leave the country ”, student Vladyslav Ihoshyn tells

At the same time, he points out that he learned of the first such cases in August, when border guards started turning over some students and preventing them from going abroad, even though they had all the documents.

“The information on the website of the border control has changed several times. Initially, they allowed all students from foreign universities to cross the border. After that, only those who joined the university before the start of the war banned all students from September 14 “, Ihoshyn describes the situation in Ukraine.

At the same time, he backed up his words with a document informing him that he could not travel due to general mobilization. The announcement, which is available to editors, states that martial law has been declared by order of the president.

They want to study so they can rebuild Ukraine

Nineteen-year-old Ihoshyn obtained a certificate of knowledge of the Czech language to study at the University of Pardubice. According to Charles University, which sponsored the exam, his language level is B1. It is this level that is necessary to obtain the Czech secondary school diploma in a foreign language.

A similar fate as the resident of Ternopil, located about 131 kilometers east of Lviv, met many more people. “While I was at a crossroads, I saw a boy of about eighteen who had gone to a Slovak university. He left with his mother and sister, and they had huge suitcases and backpacks. They went to the crosswalk and refused the boy so they all went back,” he says.

The number of students who have not crossed the border is increasing rapidly, so they have joined social networks. They are now signing the letter they want to address to President Volodymyr Zelensky and members of the government. By Tuesday night, they had more than 1,160 signatures.

Most of the signatories study at Slovak, Polish and Czech universities. There are also destinations such as Canada, Turkey, Finland, Belgium and Moldova.

“Special education programs have been created for students from Ukraine, scholarships have been provided and exemptions have been made for preferential admission. Our young people went to the best universities in the world to get quality higher education and later came back to reconstruct Ukraine. Taking away students’ right to study now means depriving Ukraine of its future,” they wrote in a joint statement.

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As a Ukrainian student testified to the editor, the Border Guard’s website stated in May that even students can leave the country if they prove they are real students. However, this information is no longer available in the updated form of the Border Guard’s website.

At the beginning of August, the situation at the Ukrainian border was also highlighted by: Radio Free Europe (RFE). However, the text reads that: “In the past month alone, about 3,500 men at checkpoints in Lviv, Volhynia and the Zakarpattia region gave reasons to go abroad to study in a European country.” But almost half of them were sent back by the border guards, because they had no documents and confirmation that they were actually studying, another 500 people submitted false documents.

In addition, soldiers at the border also often intercepted 54-year-old men who tried to claim that they were traveling from Ukraine to receive training.

RFE further reported that the price of forged documents ranges from $500 to $2,000.

“Yes, there is a real problem. But there is no logic in this from the border control. In the summer, when there were no classes yet, the border guards let everyone in, including the fictitious students. Now, before the start of the academic year, when the real students go to study, the government has completely banned the students from going outside. It seems that all the fictitious students have already left Ukraine, and the real ones are staying here,” added Ihoshyn sadly, keeping in touch with his friends and decide what to do.

He asked the university if he could study remotely under these circumstances, but they refused.

But the change in the rules for leaving Ukraine in a state of war can not only be due to the work of human traffickers with confirmations, one of the many reasons could also be the fact that Ukraine has gone on the offensive and is trying to Russian troops back to Russia. For that reason, he probably needs even more soldiers than before. In addition Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on Wednesdayto make up for the losses of his units.

The editors of contacted the Ukrainian Border Guard and the Ministry of Education there, but received no answer.


Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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