Ukrainian president signs controversial law to boost conscription to fend off Russia’s aggression

Apr16,2024



Kyiv: ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky signed controversial law on Tuesday, days after it was passed by Parliament, potentially helping Kyiv To promote recruitment To replenish depleted armies to deter Russia's continued aggression.
The mobilization law, published on Ukraine's parliamentary website, is expected to take effect in a month and will make it easier to identify every draft-eligible person in the country. Many have evaded recruitment by avoiding contact with authorities.
The law also offers incentives to soldiers such as cash bonuses or money to buy a house or car, which Ukraine cannot afford according to analysts.
Ukraine is struggling to stop the Russian advance.
Since the start of a full-scale invasion in February 2022, Russia has captured about a quarter of Ukraine, which is outnumbered, short on guns and in desperate need of more troops and ammunition, as Western Doubts about military aid have increased.
The signed law was weakened from its original draft. It did not include any provision that would have taken soldiers who had completed 36 months of combat out of rotation. Officials said a separate bill on demobilization and rotation will be prepared in the coming months. But the delay sparked public outrage among Ukrainians, whose relatives have been fighting non-stop for two years.
Due to the current scale and intensity of the war, exhausted soldiers have no means of taking time off from front-line work.
Ukraine already suffers from a shortage of trained soldiers capable of fighting, and weakening troops on the front lines now would deprive its army of its most capable fighters.
In December, Zelensky said Ukraine's military wanted to mobilize 500,000 more troops. Army chief Oleksandr Syrsky has since audited the army and said troops could be rotated from the rear to the front line. The number was revised but has not been disclosed.



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