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Ukraine’s New Mobilization Law That Removes Service Limits Is Facing Backlash

Ukraine’s parliament has recently approved a mobilization law, which has generated intense debate and raised concerns among military personnel and their families. 

After extensive deliberations and numerous revisions, the law has caused confusion and frustration among soldiers and their families.

The wife of an anonymous soldier has voiced her husband’s frustration with the new law, specifically its removal of service limits. 

Soldiers now face the possibility of indefinite service, which could result in disability or even death in combat.

Ukraine’s military leadership has requested the removal of the demobilization provision due to a significant shortage of servicemen, particularly in eastern Ukraine, where the conflict with Russia-backed separatists continues.

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has chosen not to declare a formal mobilization, as he is concerned about potential negative reactions from the public. 

He has focused on promoting the law, highlighting its provisions for increased pay for front-line service and death benefits for families.

Nevertheless, the law has faced criticism from various sides. 

Political opponents such as Volodymyr Aryev from the European Solidarity Party argue that it fails to recognize servicemen as heroes and instead treats them as mere resources. 

Some individuals contend that the government’s strategy lacks sufficient incentives for soldiers.

The parliament has called on the government to create more legislation to address the demobilization and rotation of servicemen following the law’s passage. 

Many soldiers feel betrayed and disillusioned due to the uncertainty surrounding service limits.

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Veteran soldiers who have been serving since the conflict began in 2014 expressed strong anger towards the open-ended duration of their service. 

Potential conscripts have been deterred from enlisting due to the uncertainty surrounding service limits. 

Following Russia’s invasion in 2022, initial enthusiasm has been overshadowed by reports of severe losses and poor conditions, which have negatively impacted recruitment efforts.

The new mobilization law has been implemented to modernize conscription procedures. 

It includes the introduction of an electronic registry to address corruption issues. 

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Despite ongoing concerns, there are doubts about the effectiveness of forced conscription and the necessity for improved training for conscripts.

For a growing number of Ukrainians, mandatory military service has become an unwelcome reality, as men who are eligible for combat duty find themselves under increasing pressure to enlist. 

In rural areas, conscription rates remain elevated, while in urban centers, individuals frequently steer clear of public spaces to evade conscription patrols.

The impact of the mobilization law extends beyond military personnel, reaching families and communities across Ukraine. 

The nation is grappling with the uncertainty surrounding service limits and the potential for indefinite service, causing significant concern among the population.