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Ukrainian MPs submit five draft laws on mobilization to Parliament

9 January, 2024 Tuesday
12:20

As of January 9, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered five draft laws on mobilization. One of them is a government bill that has caused a lot of discussion

MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported the information.

Four alternative draft laws have been registered by MPs. Today marks the deadline for submitting alternative bills, and this appears to be the final list, the politician noted.

"In addition, according to the rules of procedure, we can start considering the law from today. At least in the Committee. The speaker is currently holding a closed discussion with the factions on the law," Zheleznyak wrote.

The National Security Committee is scheduled to meet in the morning to decide on the government's draft law.

Draft law on mobilization

On December 19, President Zelenskyy said at a press conference on the results of 2023 that the General Staff had asked for the mobilization of an additional 450,000-500,000 Ukrainians.

On December 25, the Cabinet of Ministers submitted a bill to the Rada to improve the mobilization procedure.

The draft law proposes

  • improving the procedure for military registration of conscripts, persons liable for military service and reservists;
  • change the conscription age from 27 to 25 years;
  • enabling servicemen released from captivity to rest and recuperate by granting them additional paid leave for 90 calendar days;
  • removal of regular military service as a distinct type of military service. Consequently, all military personnel currently engaged in regular military service are recommended to be discharged into the reserve;
  • establishing that persons liable for military service during mobilization are not subject to call-up for military service for two years from the date of discharge from military service who served during the legal regime of martial law and were discharged from military service in the reserve. Such persons may be called up for military service during this period upon their consent;
  • removal of the conclusion on limited fitness for military service from the list of conclusions provided by military medical commissions;
  • introduction of basic general military training for citizens of Ukraine for up to 3 months for all citizens aged 18 to 25 years at all educational institutions;
  • introduction of basic military service at will up to the age of 25 for those who have not completed basic military training;
  • limiting the rights of Ukrainian citizens who evade military registration and military service;
  • involvement of administrative service centers, employment centers and recruitment centers in military recruitment activities.

On January 8, the Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Corruption Policy recognized the government's draft law on mobilization as containing corruption risks. The Parliamentary Committee on Social Policy sent the draft law on mobilization back for revision.

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