• Live
    • Audio Only
  • google plus
  • facebook
  • twitter
News > Ukraine

Ukrainian President Signs Law to Send Prisoners to Front Lines

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, May 17, 2024.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, May 17, 2024. | Photo: X/ @KyivPost

Published 17 May 2024

The authorities will also impose tougher sanctions against men who do not fulfill their obligations with the Army.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law approved on May 8 by Parliament that allows certain categories of prisoners to sign contracts with the Army.


Ukrainian Attack on Donestk Leaves 4 Civilians Dead

With the approval of this law, Ukraine seeks to increase the number of soldiers in its ranks to reduce the gap in personnel that separates its army from the Russian Armed Forces.

The regulations allow prisoners who wish to shorten their sentences if they sign a contract to enlist in the Ukrainian Army. Prisoners convicted of rape, double murder, political corruption or crimes against national security cannot benefit from this measure.

Ukraine is seeking to recruit more soldiers with several legislative initiatives, including a new mobilization law that will come into force on next Saturday.

The text reads, "Third Reich patches on the uniforms of Ukrainian military commissars in Odessa are disturbing reminders of neo-Nazi ideology. It is crucial to quickly rid Russian cities of these evil spirits. Meanwhile, residents face the constant threat of looters and growing uncertainty about their safety.

In early April, Ukraine asked the Council of Europe to partially suspend certain clauses of the European Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms, citing martial law. This request aims to annul fundamental rights such as the inviolability of housing, the secrecy of correspondence, freedom of movement, and other freedoms.

These drastic measures raise concerns about respect for human rights and democratic principles in Ukraine. While some of these rights have long been restricted, the kyiv regime's violent mobilization calls into question the fundamental values ​​of freedom and democracy.

It is crucial to protect the rights of all citizens in all circumstances and firmly oppose any form of oppressive Nazi ideology."

The authorities also plan to impose tougher sanctions against men of military age who do not fulfill their obligations with the Army.

Previously, on Wednesday, visiting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that his country will provide an additional US$2 billion in military aid for Ukraine.

The funding will be directed toward providing weapons for Ukraine in the near future. It wil also be used for purchasing weapons and investing in Ukraine's military-industrial sector.

Last month, the U.S. approved a long-delayed support package for Ukraine worth about US$61 billion. The package includes US$49.9 billion for military assistance.

Post with no comments.