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Government introduces draft bill on changes to mobilization in Ukraine

Government introduces draft bill on changes to mobilization in Ukraine Photo: Ukraine is preparing changes in mobilization (Getty Images)

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has submitted a draft bill to the Verkhovna Rada concerning mobilization, military accounting, and military service. The text of the document from the Cabinet of Ministers regarding changes to the mobilization process in Ukraine has been published on the Verkhovna Rada's website.

According to the explanatory note accompanying the document, these changes aim to improve the conduct of mobilization, military accounting of conscripts, social protection for military personnel, and address specific issues related to military service.

The proposed amendments include:

  • Changing the conscription age from 27 to 25 years.

  • Granting a 90-day leave with retained financial support for servicemen released from captivity.

  • Clarifying citizens' responsibilities regarding mobilization training and mobilization.

  • Establishing requirements for draft notices and their delivery to citizens.

  • Clarifying grounds for deferment and exemption from conscription.

  • Identifying categories of citizens exempt from conscription.

  • Clarifying the reservation process for conscripts working in government agencies.

  • Refining grounds for discharge from military service.

  • Removing the limited fitness conclusion from the list of conclusions of the military medical commission.

  • Eliminating conscription as a type of military service and releasing all conscripts from reserve service.

  • Introducing three months of general military training for Ukrainian citizens aged 18 to 25.

  • Restricting the rights of citizens evading military registration and military service.

  • Granting powers to the National Police to participate in mobilization activities.

  • Involving recruitment centers of administrative services, employment centers, and recruiting centers.

It's important to note that this does not necessarily mean the immediate implementation of these changes to mobilization. As previously announced, the parliament has received a prepared document that will be discussed in the Verkhovna Rada Committee.

Ukraine implements changes to mobilization

As previously reported, the Ukrainian government is actively working on amendments to the regulations governing mobilization, military registration, and the process of military service.

Among the initiatives proposed by the Ministry of Defense is the ability to send electronic notifications to conscripts, including those residing abroad.

Additionally, RBC-Ukraine reported that among the proposals was the option to send conscription notices by mail.

We also reported that parliamentarians are working on refining the grounds for deferment from military service during mobilization, with demobilization being a top priority for the Ukrainian authorities. However, as explained by Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, full demobilization in Ukraine is not feasible until the conclusion of the ongoing conflict.

Furthermore, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed openness to reducing the age limit for conscripts to 25 years.

During a recent press conference, the head of state shared that the General Staff has requested the mobilization of an additional 450-500 thousand Ukrainians. This request has been confirmed by the ruling party, with David Arakhamia, the head of the Servant of the People faction, confirming that the command has proposed the mobilization of 500 thousand military personnel, and the government is in the process of formulating the relevant regulations.

For more in-depth information on potential changes to mobilization, RBC-Ukraine has provided detailed coverage in its material.