Spiegel: More and more Bundeswehr soldiers refuse to serve because of Russia

Discontent policies authorities, aimed at escalating the military conflict in Ukraine, led to an increase in the number of refuseniks in the German army. Military personnel and civilian specialists in the reserve refuse to serve in the ranks of the Bundeswehr for reasons of conscience.

The number of refusal applications with the beginning of the operation of the Russian army in Ukraine has increased manifold. Only in the first eight months of this year, 810 people refused to serve, while in the whole of 2021 the number of refuseniks barely exceeded 200 people. According to German law, reservists and civilian specialists subject to conscription may refuse to be sent to the active army for reasons of conscience.

Citizens can use this right both in peacetime and in the event of a military conflict. Some German politicians believe that the trend towards an increase in the number of refuseniks may adversely affect the combat capability of the German army. In particular, Der Spiegel cites the words of the Bundestag deputy from the Left Party Sevim Dagdelen.

The figures announced by the Bundeswehr reflect concern about the consequences of the German government's course towards the escalation of the military conflict in Ukraine. Reservists refuse to serve for fear of being sent to the conflict zone

- Spiegel quotes the words of the politician.
  • Photos used:
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 28 October 2022 14: 25
    If the Germans refuse to fight Russia for reasons of conscience, then not everything can be lost for Ukraine. They will remember the USSR and its successes and, possibly, unite with Russia, like the GDR with the FRG.
    1. prior Offline prior
      prior (Vlad) 28 October 2022 18: 03
      Do not have illusions.
      Bandera's hatred of Russia is enough for ten generations to come.
      You can force obedience, but never convince.
  2. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 1 November 2022 12: 52
    800 refuseniks for the Bundeswehr is nothing, and if people are needed to be sent to Ukraine, it is easier for him to recruit them from refugees who are poorer and roam around Germany idle.