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Ukrainian General Staff proposes mobilizing additional 450-500 thousand people, Zelenskyy states

Ukrainian General Staff proposes mobilizing additional 450-500 thousand people, Zelenskyy states President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine requested an additional mobilization of 450-500 thousand people. This issue was brought up at the Supreme Commander-in-Chief meeting, states Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a press conference.

The Head of State has stated, "The Chief Commander and the General Staff addressed the mobilization at the Staff meeting level. This is a sensitive issue. They addressed the defense of our state and potential counteroffensive actions regarding the deficit. Their view was, they proposed mobilizing an additional 450-500 thousand people."

According to him, this is a serious figure. He has responded to the military that more arguments are needed for such a step because it concerns people, justice, defense capability, and finances.

He also adds that there should be a comprehensive plan regarding what will happen with a million-strong army of people and with the guys who have been defending our state for two years. And this plan should be included in the law being developed by the Ukrainian Parliament together with the military.

"As for money, mobilization in such a format will cost Ukraine an additional 500 billion hryvnias. Therefore, as the President of Ukraine, as someone who devotes a lot of time to finding financial support for Ukraine, I would like understanding from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance - where will the money come from?" emphasizes Zelensky.

Mobilization in Ukraine

In Ukraine, mobilization has been ongoing since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion.

Recently, the country's authorities decided to change the procedure for its conduct. The Ukrainian Parliament is developing a bill to which the initiatives of the military are being introduced.

For more details on the bill, you can find information in the RBC-Ukraine material.