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Mobilization in Ukraine will be much softer - Prime Minister

Mobilization in Ukraine will be much softer - Prime Minister Photo: Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Mobilization in Ukraine will be much softer. The army currently does not need an additional 500 thousand people, stated Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Esimeses stuudios program.

As noted by Shmyhal, he and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy are monitoring the situation regarding mobilization in the country. The Prime Minister mentioned that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, conducted an audit of the Defense Forces and initiated the first rotation on the front line since the start of the full-scale war.

"We understand that we don't need as many people right now (500 thousand people, - Ed.), so mobilization will be much softer. I believe that during this year, we will fulfill all the necessary tasks for mobilizing Ukrainians," the Prime Minister added.

According to Shmyhal, there are already new brigades in the army that are staffed with personnel. Equipment, military vehicles, and ammunition are expected from allies.

"When all of this arrives, the new brigades will be fully equipped - and we will significantly increase our combat strength," he added.

Mobilization in Ukraine

Mobilization in Ukraine was declared following the massive invasion by the Russian Federation in February 2022. At that time, martial law was also introduced. Both mobilization and martial law have been extended several times, most recently for 90 days until May 13, 2024.

It is expected that the Verkhovna Rada will vote on the updated draft law on mobilization at the nearest session.

Recently, Zelenskyy signed a law reducing the maximum age for citizens registered for military service from 27 to 25 years. The head of state also signed a law on the launch of an electronic cabinet for conscripts, which will simplify bureaucratic matters.