'I imagined myself with a gun, marching'.
A knock on the door for Andriy Gerus came on a Monday morning in July.
Bloomberg News reports that fresh from getting his MBA in London, a Managing Director at Ukrainian investment company Concorde Capital was preparing to go for a stroll with his baby in Holosiyiv, a leafy district of Kiev, when a surprise visitor handed him a military summons.
'I imagined myself with a gun, marching', Gerus, 32, said at a cafe in central Kiev. 'Everyone has two choices: to comply with Ukrainian law, go with your conscience and prepare for mobilization or avoid joining the army by relocating and risk three to five years in prison. I prefer the former'.
The war is coming home for thousands of Ukrainians as part of the latest wave of mobilization ordered last month by President Petro Poroshenko to defeat a pro-Russian insurgency simmering since April in the easternmost regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
By putting professionals like Gerus near the frontline of the country’s bloodiest battles since World War II, Ukraine is trying to offset a mismatch in military capability in a conflict that’s pitted it against neighboring Russia, which it accuses of backing the rebels and whose defense spending is about 56-fold Ukraine’s outlays on the army.
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