In Ukraine, 24-year-old Alexander Kondratyuk married his 81-year-old disabled cousin to avoid military service and now the agents are investigating whether marriage is just a fiction. But Alexander Kondratyuk claimed to have an ardent love for his cousin, older than 57, and denied that he married her to avoid military service which is mandatory in Ukraine, with some exceptions. And it is the case of Kondratyuk: who takes care of a disabled wife and can prove the illness and the marriage with the official documents is exempted from the military service.
The marriage took place in the village of Baykovka, near Vinnitsa, in west-central Ukraine, located on the banks of one of the longest rivers in the country. Interviewed by the journalist about the union with the much younger relative, Zinaida Illarionovna, he said that he is a good husband, he cared for her lovingly. But the neighbors say the 24-year-old in those parts has never been seen. One of them, a television station, reported that Illariovna was more likely to receive visits "from grandchildren, great-grandchildren and sisters than from the alleged husband."
Always according to the neighbors, he lives alone and the only tangible sign of marriage is the certificate that he promptly showed to the recruit center when they showed up in an area to look for new recruits. Showing the marriage certificate and the disability certificate, a Kondratyuk was allowed each time to return home. Despite the skepticism, Commissioner Aleksandr Danilyuk, head of the Vinnitsa Commissariat who deals with conscription in the region, confirmed that the 25-year-old has the full right to avoid enrollment because he is the guardian of a disabled person. Some legal experts say that in case of doubt about cohabitation, the army could call its neighbors as witnesses.
A lawyer, Roman Korchenyuk, said: "If they show that the marriage is not valid, that it is not a real family, Kondratyuk will have to do military service". On social media, users are unleashed and have not spared criticism of the 24-year-old but "Jan-Klad-Van" remarked: "It's better to laugh at this than go to war and kill people".