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Zelenskyy: Mobilisation law must be fair – that's the main thing

Friday, 12 January 2024, 16:51
Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has commented on what the draft mobilisation law, which the Cabinet of Ministers withdrew from Parliament yesterday, should look like after all the proposals are taken into account.

Source: Zelenskyy at a press conference with the UK Prime Minister in Kyiv on Friday, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine

Quote from Zelenskyy: "Regarding the draft law on mobilisation: I know that the military have been working with MPs. I haven’t seen the final version [of the bill]. For me, the main thing is that this law is fair. When I see all the details, I will be able to say."



  • Draft law No. 10378 On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Improving Certain Issues of Mobilisation, Military Registration and Military Service was submitted to the Ukrainian parliament by the Cabinet of Ministers. It regulates the issue of the deferral of conscription for military service, including for people with disabilities.
  • The government proposes to impose a series of restrictions on citizens who have not fulfilled their duties regarding preparations for mobilisation and mobilisation in general. They propose to increase fines for those who violate military registration rules and defence legislation, and those refusing to undergo medical examination will face imprisonment in the same way as for evading mobilisation.
  • Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, said that some points of the mobilisation bill may contradict the Constitution.
  • Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said on the national joint 24/7 newscast that the draft mobilisation law would be put to a vote in parliament only after it has been discussed and amended.
  • During a meeting on Monday, 8 January, the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Corruption Policy recognised the government's draft mobilisation law as containing corruption risks
  • On 12 January, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) returned the bill on improving mobilisation to the government to be reviewed and finalised.

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