Man, 24, marries his 81-year-old cousin & # 39; to prevent him from having to do his military service & # 39; in Ukraine
- Alexander Kondratyuk, 24, & # 39; formed a strong bond with his 81-year-old cousin & # 39;
- He married Zinaida Illarionovna, 81, in a village called Baykovka in western Ukraine
- Officials said he could continue the scheme if he wasn't too embarrassed
- Conscription is compulsory in Ukraine, but not if you take care of a disabled spouse
Ukrainian officials investigate claims that a 24-year-old man married his 81-year-old disabled cousin to escape from military service.
Alexander Kondratyuk, 24, claimed to have developed a strong affection for the cousin, who is 57 years old, and denied attempting to end his military duties.
Conscription in Ukraine is mandatory, although there are exceptions that allow people to avoid this.
Ukrainian officials investigate claims that 24-year-old Alexander Kondratyuk, pictured, is married to an 81-year-old cousin to prevent military service
Since the couple produced a marriage certificate and proof of her disability, the Ukrainian army can do little. Experts have suggested that they could force him to serve, but army officers said there was no time. They said that if the publicity did not embarrass him in the army, he would be allowed to continue the arrangement
The couple's wedding took place in a village near the banks of the longest river in Ukraine. Some neighbors of Illarionovna said that she would rather be visited by her sisters, nephews and nieces than her husband
If you care for a disabled woman and can prove the state and marriage with official documents, you are exempt from service.
The wedding took place in the village of Baykovka, near the town of Vinnitsa in the west of central Ukraine, located on the banks of one of the country's longest rivers.
Asked by reporters about her marriage to her much younger relative, Zinaida Illarionovna, 81, insisted that he be a good husband and she took care of her carefully.
Neighbors of her claimed that the man had never been seen in the area.
One told the local TV that the Illarionovna & # 39; would be much more likely to be visited by her cousins, grandchildren, and sisters than by her alleged husband & # 39 ;.
They said that she lived alone in the house and that the only visible sign of the marriage was the certificate he had with him every time the design sign showed up in the area to bring in new recruits. By showing proof of marriage and her invalidity certificate, he was allowed to return home each time without registering.
In spite of skepticism, Commissioner Aleksandr Danilyuk, in charge of the Vinnitsa commission for the region's military service, confirmed that he had the right to have his draft documents postponed because he is the guardian of a registered disabled person.
Newlywed Zinaida Illarionovna, in the photo, told reporters that he was a good husband and that he & # 39; carefully & # 39; took care of her. A military official engaged in compulsory military service in the region said that Kondratyuk is now exempt from service because he is the caretaker of a disabled person
Social media users criticized the actions of the 24-year-old, but some defended him by saying that it was better to live with this scheme than to go to war and kill people & # 39;
He added that there was nothing legal to do about it, because he issued a marriage certificate and a certificate proving that he lived in the house where he cared for her.
Legal experts said the army could call neighbors as witnesses if there was any doubt that he actually lived in the house.
A lawyer, Roman Korchenyuk, said: & # 39; If they prove that there is no valid marriage and there is no common household, he can be summoned to do military service. & # 39;
But army officers said they were not interested in investigating the matter because there was no time. They said that if the publicity did not embarrass him to appear, he could continue the scheme.
Online social media commentators stood in line to criticize the man's actions.
One, & # 39; Victor V. & # 39 ;, said: & # 39; The grandmother lives with a gray grit. & # 39;
While & # 39; Jan-Klad-Van & # 39; said: & # 39; It is better to laugh at this than to go to war and kill people. & # 39;
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