Ukraine: Zelenskyy signs bills expanding military enslavement scheme

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a bill to lower the [military enslavement] age for combat duty from 27 to 25 …. The move expands the number of civilians the army can [enslave] into its ranks to fight under martial law, which has been in place since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022. The bill had been on Zelenskiy’s table since it was approved by lawmakers in May 2023, and it was not immediately clear what prompted him to sign it. Parliament has been discussing a separate bill to broadly tighten [enslavement] rules for months. Zelenskiy separately signed a second bill requiring men who were given military waivers on disability grounds to undergo another medical assessment. A third bill he signed aimed to create an online database of those eligible for military [enslavement]. Both those bills could potentially help the military [enslave] more fighters.” (04/03/24)