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Verkhovna Rada committee sets fines for mobilisation and military registration offences

Monday, 8 April 2024, 16:21
Verkhovna Rada committee sets fines for mobilisation and military registration offences
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Criminal liability for dodging mobilisation has been ruled out by the Verkhovna Rada (Parliamentary) Committee on Law Enforcement, which has been considering a draft law on increasing liability for military offences. The committee has also determined the amount of fines payable by citizens, officials and legal entities.

Source: Committee chairman Serhii Ionushas (Servant of the People faction) in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda

Quote: "Today [8 April] we recommended that Parliament adopt draft law No. 10379, as amended by the committee, in principle and in general. In particular, the committee has proposed that all amendments to the Criminal Code should be excluded from the draft law, which means that there will be no prison terms for evading military service during mobilisation."

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Details: Ionushas also said that the committee has set the amounts of fines payable for violating the rules on military registration and mobilisation.

According to the committee's proposals, a violation of the rules of military registration (Article 210 of the Code of Administrative Offences) will be punishable with a fine of UAH 3,400 to 5,100 (US$86-130) in peacetime, and UAH 17,000 to 22,500 (US$432-572) if committed repeatedly or during wartime.

For violations of the legislation on defence and mobilisation (Article 210-1 of the Code of Administrative Offences) in peacetime, the fines are to be set at UAH 5100 to 8500 (US$130-216) for citizens and UAH 17,000 to 34,000 (US$432-865) for officials and legal entities. During wartime, the fines will range from UAH 17,000 to 22,500 (US$432-572) for citizens and from UAH 34,000 to 59,500 (US$865-1,500) for officials and legal entities.

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Andrii Osadchuk, the committee’s first deputy chairman, told Ukrainska Pravda that the draft law would be considered in parliament shortly, after the mobilisation bill is adopted.

The original version of the draft law provided for criminal liability in the form of three to five years’ imprisonment for evading military service during mobilisation, including refusing to undergo a medical examination.

In addition, the fines were to have been significantly higher. The fine for violating the legislation on defence and mobilisation would have been UAH 34,000-85,000 (US$865-2,100) for citizens and officials in peacetime and UAH 153,000-204,000 (US$3,890-5,100) during wartime.

Background:

  • The Cabinet of Ministers registered the draft laws On Amending Certain Legislative Acts on Improving Certain Issues of Mobilisation, Military Registration and Military Service (No. 10378) and On Amending the Code of Administrative Offences and the Criminal Code to Strengthen Liability for Military Offences (No. 10379) with the Verkhovna Rada on 25 December 2023.
  • The government subsequently withdrew draft law No. 10378 from the parliament, but legislative initiative No. 10379 remained under the MPs’ consideration.

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