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Zelenskyy signs law allowing some convicts to be mobilised

This is a voluntary mobilisation in case of passing the military medical commission, not a forced one. 

Zelenskyy signs law allowing some convicts to be mobilised
Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Photo: Office of the President

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a bill that allows for the early release of certain categories of convicts who have expressed a desire to be mobilised. Previously, convicts could not join the army.

The signing of the document is reported on the parliament's website. The law provides for voluntary, not compulsory, mobilisation. 

At the same time, criminals convicted of murdering two or more people, rapists, and people who have committed crimes against the foundations of national security (for example, treason) will not be able to mobilise.

The convicts will be able to be mobilised if they pass the military qualification commission. They will serve in separate units, and their administrative supervision will be carried out by the commanders of military units. At the same time, the sentence cannot be longer than three years.

The law does not allow corrupt MPs to be released on parole, but other categories, such as prosecutors and employees of the Presidential Office, are not prohibited from doing so. 

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