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Brazilian footballer who became Ukrainian citizen so he could play for national side now regrets it after being called up to FIGHT

A Brazilian footballer who changed his citizenship to Ukrainian so he could play for the country's national football team is now regretting it – after he was called up to fight in the army.

Edmar Halowski de Lacerda, 34, admitted that he had never considered the possibility that the passport change would mean he'd have to swap the football field for the battlefield.

Ukraine had compulsory military service for school-leavers but Edmar was too old when he got his citizenship to have to worry about performing it, and in any case the country announced in 2012 that it was scrapping compulsory military service in 2013.

 

But that changed when the country disintegrated and Ukraine's new leadership announced they were reinstating the military draft to address the deteriorating security situation and threats from Russia along the country's border.

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