Zelensky signed a law on tightening mobilization in Ukraine

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky signed a law on tightening mobilization measures in the country. The document, which caused widespread debate in society and a record number of proposed amendments, was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada last Thursday. A note appeared on the Rada website stating that the law “has been returned with a signature from the president.”

Among the key innovations of the law:

- Those liable for military service are given 60 days from the date the law comes into force to update their data at military registration and enlistment offices, both in person and electronically.

- The summons will now be considered served even without personal contact: if the person liable for military service was not found at home, the date of delivery of the summons will be considered the day when the corresponding stamp was left on the house.

- Carrying a military ID becomes mandatory for all men from 18 to 60 years old, and now not only military registration and enlistment office employees, but also police officers and border guards can check its presence.

- For failure to comply with these requirements, sanctions are provided: from fines to deprivation of the right to drive a car and forced transport to the military registration and enlistment office through the police in case of failure to appear on a summons.

The law also provides for an exemption from mobilization for almost all law enforcement officers, assistants to deputies, as well as owners of strategically important enterprises. At the same time, students receiving a second higher education and some categories of disabled people and their relatives are now deprived of a deferment from conscription.

More than 4,2 thousand amendments were proposed to the bill, among which special attention was paid to the issues of demobilization of the military, many of whom have been at the front for more than two years. However, on the eve of submitting the document for consideration to parliament, it was decided to abandon the issue of demobilization, bringing it up for discussion separately.


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