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Zelensky lowers army mobilisation age from 27 to 25

Zelensky signed the bill almost a year after it was adopted by parliament

By Agencies
April 03, 2024
This photo from the Ukrainian Presidential press service shows Zelensky walking with Ukrainian servicemen in the Sumy region on March 27, 2024. — AFP
This photo from the Ukrainian Presidential press service shows Zelensky walking with Ukrainian servicemen in the Sumy region on March 27, 2024. — AFP

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday signed into law a measure lowering the country’s army mobilisation age from 27 to 25, the parliament said on its website.

Mobilisation has been a divisive issue in a nation exhausted by more than two years of war with Russia, which has seen huge military losses.

But the move comes as Ukraine lacks soldiers to battle the Russian invasion now in its third year.

Zelensky signed the bill almost a year after it was adopted by parliament.

Russia, which has a far larger army, has seen some successes on the battlefield in Ukraine this year, and Ukraine’s military has for months been asking the government to draft more soldiers.

The mobilisation law comes after the parliament backed a bill in February aimed at drafting more soldiers into the army. Russia has been throwing more manpower into its Ukraine offensive, with little major movement on the front side in the last year.