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Foreigners allowed to serve in Ukrainian army if they sign contract

The president has signed a decree to this effect.

Foreigners allowed to serve in Ukrainian army if they sign contract
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed decree No 248/2016 "On the Regulations on the Military Service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by Foreigners and Stateless Persons", according to the president's press service.

According to UNIAN, the decree is aimed to optimize the recruiting of foreigners and stateless persons as privates, sergeants, and officers who will serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine under a contract, the press service said.

The decree allows foreigners and stateless persons who have not served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine earlier but are now at military bases to voluntarily and duly fulfill their duty of protecting the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.