KIEV – The Ukrainian parliament approved on Thursday, Jan. 15, a presidential decree to hold three partial military mobilizations in 2015.
“To declare and to conduct in 2015 three stages of partial mobilization within 210 days from the date of entry into force of this decree,” the document said. According to the decree, the mobilization will be conducted in Kiev and all the regions of Ukraine in proportion to their population.
Kiev earlier announced plans to begin the first wave of mobilization on January 20, the second in April, and the third in June. During the first wave, some 50,000 people will be called to military service. The three waves planned in 2015 could bring an additional 104,000 soldiers into the military’s ranks, bringing the number of army personnel to 250,000 soldiers.
The parliament passed the decree with 268 votes of its 450 deputies.
The decree also stipulates a demobilization from March 18 to May 1 of those who were called up for military service in 2014’s first wave of partial mobilization on March 17.
In 2014, Kiev held three waves of military mobilization for its special operation in the Donbas region. The exact number of people called up for military service was never officially disclosed, but it was reported that in 2014, the number of troops in Ukraine’s armed forces increased to 232,000 from 130,000 the year before.
Ukraine to mobilize women if necessary — senior official
KIEV – Both men and women liable for military service may be drafted into army during a mobilization campaign in Ukraine, first deputy chief of the main department for defense and mobilization planning at Ukrainian General Staff ,Major General Vladimir Talalay, told a news conference on Tuesday.
“According to the legislation, men liable for military service aged from 25 to 60 years and women liable for military duty aged from 25 to 50 years may be recruited in the army,” Talalay said, adding that women will be drafted in the military forces “if necessary”.
The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council decided on December 20, 2014 that a fourth campaign of mobilization [conscription] will begin on January 20 and another two drafting campaigns will be held in April and June. Around 50,000 are planned to be drafted into the army during these call-up campaigns.
Ukrainian citizens are being summoned to take medical examinations and register at military commandant’s offices. Summons will be sent after parliament has decided to start the next stage of mobilization.
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