Odesa border guards foil fake marriage scheme to dodge military service

Ukrainian law enforcement officers detained the organizer of a scheme for draft dodgers
Ukrainian law enforcement officers detained the organizer of a scheme for draft dodgers

Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service in Odesa Oblast apprehended a 30-year-old woman from Kyiv for allegedly aiding conscripts in orchestrating fraudulent marriages with women who had multiple children or first or second-degree disabilities, the Border Guard Service reported on May 28.

"The goal was to secure exemptions from conscription and facilitate border crossings," the report said.

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The woman reportedly found clients through advertisements on a private Telegram channel. The cost of a "contract marriage" for men started at $4,000, depending on the severity of disability and the number of children involved.

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"Services" included advice on navigating border crossings and recommendations on how to behave and respond to border guards' questions.

The woman was apprehended while accepting $4,000 from the latest "groom," who intended to enter into a fictitious marriage with a mother of multiple children.

Suspect was informed of the charges and detained, with the option of posting bail set at 180,000 hryvnias ($4,458). Authorities are currently working to identify all individuals involved in the illegal activity.

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