The Verkhovna Rada has shortened the deadline for submitting alternative draft laws on mobilization, which makes it possible to submit a new initiative for consideration in the first reading next week. This was announced on February 6 by Ukrainian MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak.
«Although it is a technical moment, but the timing is important,» he wrote in his Telegram channel.
According to Zheleznyak, 237 deputies voted to reduce the deadline for submitting alternative draft laws on mobilization.
In addition, he said that the Verkhovna Rada extended martial law in the country for 90 days — from February 14 to May 13. 335 deputies voted in favor. Zheleznyak clarified that the extension of general mobilization for another 90 days was also approved.
On February 5, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky introduced bills to the Verkhovna Rada on the extension of martial law and mobilization. The documents appeared on the website of the Ukrainian parliament.
As for the new draft law on the procedure for mobilization in Ukraine, it was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada earlier, on January 30. It provides for the mailing of electronic summonses, which will be sent to a special office of the conscript, all military service personnel are required to start it. It also prescribes new measures for those who did not show up at the military enlistment office, for example, banning draft dodgers from traveling abroad and blocking their bank cards and driver’s licenses.
Martial law in Ukraine has been in effect since February 2022. At the same time, Zelensky signed a decree on general mobilization. Later, the Verkhovna Rada repeatedly extended its validity. Most men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country.
The special operation to protect Donbass, which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, 2022, continues. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military.