Ukrainian president signs controversial law to boost conscription to fend off Russia’s aggression : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

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

The law also provides soldiers with incentives, such as cash bonuses or money toward buying a house or car, which according to analysts Ukraine can’t afford

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with soldiers. File photo



AP

Kyiv, April 16

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a controversial law Tuesday, days after it was passed by Parliament, potentially helping Kyiv to boost conscription to replenish depleted forces to fend off Russia’s continued aggression.

The mobilisation law, published on Ukraine’s Parliamentary website, is expected to take effect in a month and make it easier to identify every draft-eligible man in the country. Many have dodged conscription by avoiding contact with authorities.

The law also provides soldiers with incentives, such as cash bonuses or money toward buying a house or car, which according to analysts Ukraine can’t afford.

Ukraine has been struggling to fend off the Russian advance.

Since the full-scale invasion began in Feb 2022, Russia has captured nearly a quarter of Ukraine, which is outnumbered, outgunned and in desperate need of more troops and ammunition, as doubt increases about Western military aid.

The signed law was watered down from its original draft. It didn’t include a provision that would rotate out troops who had served 36 months of combat. Authorities said a separate bill on demobilisation and rotation would be prepared in the coming months. But the delay caused public outrage among Ukrainians whose relatives have been fighting without breaks for two years.

Exhausted soldiers have no means of taking a break from front-line work because of the current scale and intensity of the war.

Ukraine already suffers from a lack of trained soldiers capable of fighting, and demobilising soldiers on the front lines now would deprive its forces of the most capable fighters.

In December, Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s military wanted to mobilise up to 500,000 more troops. Army chief Oleksandr Syrskyi has since conducted an audit of the military and said soldiers could be rotated from the rear to the front line. The number was revised but has not been disclosed. 

#Russia #Ukraine #Zelenskyy


Top News

Union cabinet decides to hike MSP on 14 crops

Government raises paddy MSP by Rs 117 per quintal

The cabinet approves the minimum support prices for 14 khari...

Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody extended till July 3 in money laundering case

Arvind Kejriwal demanded Rs 100 crore bribe, ED tells court while opposing bail plea

The central probe agency tells the court that if AAP, which ...

NSA detention of Khadoor Sahib MP-elect Amritpal Singh's aides extended by 3 months

NSA detention of Khadoor Sahib MP-elect Amritpal Singh, 9 others extended by 1 year

The detention of Amritpal Singh and three associates was set...

Police arrest terror associate in Reasi pilgrim bus attack case

Police arrest terror associate in Reasi pilgrim bus attack case

“The arrested person is a prime militant associate who helpe...

Electricity demand in Punjab on Wednesday hits all-time high of 16,078 MW

Electricity demand in Punjab hits all-time high

The demand had risen to 15,900 MW on Tuesday


Cities

View All