I found this photo of a one-man protest on the feed of my onetime classmate from Kharkov, Ukraine. This woman lives in the south-east of the country and is of ethnically mixed origin, Russian and Latvian, if I remember correctly, and is married to a man with an Ukrainian surname. Although she opposed the Maidan protests and considers the current government illegitimate, she wants to live in a country called Ukraine She also opposes a war between her country and Russia as well as the partial mobilization declared by the temporary government in Kyiv. This is a pretty common sentiment in Ukraine’s south-west.
The man is holding up a poster that reads “My son didn’t go to pre-school — he will not go to the army!”
His son didn’t go to pre-school because the lines to subsidized pre-schools are often so long that children grow up before their turn comes up. Ukraine is in no way unique in this regard; I hear the situation in France is no different. In any event, a viable nation doesn’t need an elaborate welfare apparatus to produce defenders of the state.