PM Støre asks Norwegians to think twice before going to Ukraine to fight 

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB
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The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyj, asked Europeans to come to the country to fight. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre asks Norwegians to think carefully before doing so.

According to TV 2, Støre has a clear message for people who are considering leaving Norway to fight on the Ukrainian side.

“I think you have to think carefully about it. I understand that those discussions arise, but war is dramatic,” Støre said.

Fighting in another state

Advocate General Sigrid Redse Johansen told TV 2 that it is not a criminal offense to fight on behalf of another state.

“This presupposes that you fully join the foreign defense and wear their uniform. Then you assume all the risks it entails, and you are covered by their legal system,” Johansen said.

However, one can not fight on behalf of private, non-governmental organizations, and Norwegian citizens have been punished for joining terrorist organizations. It is also a criminal offense to fight on behalf of another state in Norwegian uniform. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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3 Comments on "PM Støre asks Norwegians to think twice before going to Ukraine to fight "

  1. West Point 1981 graduate Mark Gregory Paslawsky went to fight in 2014, as a private although he had of course been a U.S. Army officer, and his death seemed to be used to try to get Academy and Army sympathy and support against the Russians.
    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/08/22/west-point-graduate-killed-fighting-for-ukraine.html

  2. My comment under the Washington Post article “The Ukraine crisis is now a nuclear crisis:
    Russian President Vladimir Putin just put his nuclear forces on alert.”

    The Russians’ manpower pool is very limited, so they cannot accept high casualties.
    In 1945, we too used the bombs to make Japan’s continued resistance pointlessly suicidal by annihilating entire cities without having to fight for them block by block.
    The Russians intend to win this war, one way or ‘tother, and it is time for Zelensky and Ukraine to accept surrender.
    I had been predicting that the Russians would be prepared to use nuclear weapons to finish the crisis, and many said I was unrealistically wrong.
    Of course, most of them were also thinking the Russians – Putin – wouldn’t really invade Ukraine too, but then Munich-emboldened Zelensky opened the door to Ukraine getting nuclear weapons, and ….

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/27/ukraine-crisis-is-now-nuclear-crisis/

  3. My comment under the Washington Post article “The Ukraine crisis is now a nuclear crisis: Russian President Vladimir Putin just put his nuclear forces on alert.”

    The Russians’ manpower pool is very limited, so they cannot accept such high casualties.
    In 1945, we too used the bombs to make Japan’s continued resistance pointlessly suicidal by annihilating entire cities without having to fight for them block by block.
    The Russians intend to win this war, one way or the other, and it is time for Zelensky and Ukraine to accept surrender.
    I had been predicting that the Russians would be prepared to use nuclear weapons to finish the crisis – now war – and many said I was unrealistically wrong.
    Of course, most of them were also thinking the Russians – Putin – wouldn’t really invade Ukraine too, but then Munich-emboldened Zelensky opened the door to Ukraine getting nuclear weapons, and the last 5 days are already now history.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/27/ukraine-crisis-is-now-nuclear-crisis/

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