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MPs invite Syrskyy, other military leaders to speak before consideration of mobilisation bill

There were not enough votes for Umerov's invitation.

MPs invite Syrskyy, other military leaders to speak before consideration of mobilisation bill
Photo: Press service of the Ministry of Defence

The Verkhovna Rada has invited Ukraine's military leadership to speak before considering a draft law on mobilisation. The decision was voted for by 315 MPs, MPs reported on social media.

As a result, Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyy, Chief of the General Staff Anatoliy Bargylevych and Commander of the Joint Forces Yuriy Sodol are to speak before the mobilisation bill is considered.

A proposal to invite Defence Minister Rustem Umerov did not receive the required number of votes.

Draft law on mobilisation

This draft law has been under preparation since last year. On 25 December, the draft law was submitted to the parliament, but so far, the document, which would regulate the issues of mobilisation, rotation, leave, and demobilisation, has not been adopted.

The relevant parliamentary committee began considering the new draft law on mobilisation on 4 January. MPs proposed more than 4,000 amendments to the document, and the committee completed its review on 29 March. It was decided to exclude from the draft law a large number of penalties that could be imposed on evaders.

In addition, on 9 April, it became clear that the issues of demobilisation and rotation had also been removed from the text, and a separate draft law was to be created for this purpose. The proposal to include the grounds for dismissal from military service and rotation in a separate draft law was made by the head of the Syrskyy movement. He wrote a letter to Defence Minister Rustem Umerov.

The proposals for demobilisation in the text of the draft law have been changed several times. Earlier, it was about the possibility of demobilisation after 36 months of service by decision of the Supreme C’n’C Staff meeting, then it was about the dismissal of those who were directly on the front line.

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