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Zelenskyy emphasizes fairness as key requirement for mobilization bill

Zelenskyy emphasizes fairness as key requirement for mobilization bill President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy states that he is currently not familiar with the final version of the mobilization bill after its respective consideration and refinement in the Ukrainian Parliament, according to the head of state at a press conference with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, on January 12 in Kyiv.

"As for the mobilization bill, I know that the military and deputies have been working on it. I have not seen the final version," he notes.

At the same time, Zelenskyy emphasizes that the updated bill should be fair.

"For me, the main thing is that this law be fair. When I see all the details, then I can say," the head of state remarks.

Consideration of the mobilization bill

At the end of December 2023, the Cabinet submitted a draft law on mobilization to the Parliament, proposing partial changes to the procedure for its conduct. The document was under consideration by the Committee on National Security together with the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Armed Forces.

Earlier, it was announced in parliament that the bill would be considered in the first reading on January 11. However, the document was later withdrawn from the Parliament, and it was sent back to the government for further refinement.

According to the speaker of the parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, the decision to return the bill to the Cabinet was made in collaboration with representatives of the parliament, government, and military leadership of the country.

Additionally, as stated by the head of the Servant of the People faction, David Arakhamia, the Parliament proposed amendments to the mobilization bill, which was returned to the Cabinet, and the timeline for submitting a new draft law is currently unknown.