The bill on tightening mobilization in Ukraine, adopted on February 7 by the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading, is a deception of people. This was stated on February 8 by Ukrainian MP Alexei Goncharenko (listed as a terrorist and extremist by Rosfinmonitoring).
«This document is a deception of people. Leaving the norm about demobilization after 36 months of service only after the decision of the [Supreme Commander-in-Chief] headquarters means never letting people go. This means that you do not want any demobilization and are thus trying to fool people,» he wrote on his Telegram channel.
Goncharenko pointed out that the transfer to a peaceful situation should be after the expiration of a certain period of service. He called on local legislatures to appeal to the Parliament of Ukraine with a demand to make adjustments.
On the eve of February 7, the Parliamentary Committee on Defense of Ukraine recommended to the Verkhovna Rada to adopt a bill tightening the procedure for mobilization in the state in the first reading: 12 members of the committee voted in favor, five against. On the same day, the Ukrainian parliament approved the initiative in the first reading. 243 deputies voted for the bill.
On February 6, Ukrainian MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak announced that the parliament had shortened the deadline for submitting alternative draft laws on mobilization. In addition, the Verkhovna Rada extended martial law in the country for 90 days — from February 14 to May 13.
The draft law on the procedure for mobilization in Ukraine was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on January 30. It provides for sending electronic summonses to a special office of the conscript, which will become mandatory for all military personnel. 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.