May 22, 2024

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From April 23, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine restricts access to consular services for men abroad


From today, April 23, consular services for Ukrainians from 18 to 60 years old living abroad become unavailable.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has ordered to temporarily suspend the provision of consular services by all diplomatic missions of the country for male citizens aged 18 to 60 years. About this April 22 reported Ukrainian publication “Zerkalo Nedeli”, citing a letter from the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrei Sibiga, which is at the disposal of the editors.

From April 23, all consular services, except for processing documents for return to Ukraine, will be unavailable, the letter says. The restriction of access to consular services is being introduced in connection with the “continuing armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine” and in order to prevent Ukrainian citizens from avoiding “the responsibility to resolve the issue of military registration,” the letter states. The Foreign Ministry order is valid “until further clarification is received” on the application of the law on strengthening mobilization, which will come into force in May.

“Taking into account paragraphs 6 and 16 of part one of Article 8 of the Law of Ukraine “On the legal regime of martial law”, in connection with the ongoing large-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, in order to prevent citizens of Ukraine from avoiding the obligation to resolve the issue of military registration by territorial centers, recruitment and social support and the availability of military registration documents I instruct from 04/23/2024 to temporarily suspend the performance of consular actions on applications from male Ukrainian citizens aged 18 to 60 years,” – says the letter signed by Sibiga.

It is noted that only consular actions related to the issuance of identity cards for returning to Ukraine are possible.

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