Ukraine plans to change the practice of conscription in order to maintain the combat effectiveness of the army after almost two years of full-scale war with Russia.
Kyiv, in particular, will switch to a more flexible mobilization system – specialists who do not want to go to the front will be given the opportunity to choose how else to benefit the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Alexey Danilov told The Guardian about this.
To do this, he said, the authorities will use the services of two largest private recruiting agencies.
“Mobilization will become more flexible, the specialties that are needed will be announced, and people will voluntarily take up a specific position. For example, they need welders or mechanics, and so on,” Danilov said.
The changes are expected to be announced this week. A source in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense confirmed that contracts with recruiting companies have been concluded, but did not provide any details.
Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Fedorov also spoke about the upcoming change in the principles of recruiting conscripts, calling it “smart mobilization.” Those mobilized will be able to independently choose their service specialty – driver, sapper, “all positions will be available.” According to Fedorov, this will allow one to obtain “a different quality of motivation.”
During the war, despite the travel ban, about 20 thousand men left Ukraine illegally to avoid being drafted into the army. This was reported by the BBC with reference to data on illegal border crossings of Romania, Moldova, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
Mobilization in Ukraine has been taking place since February 25, 2022, it began on the second day of the full-scale invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine. At the end of the summer of 2023, against the backdrop of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, President Vladimir Zelensky spoke about the request of the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “to give the opportunity to mobilize more.”
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