On December 19, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, during a press conference, spoke about the military’s proposal to additionally call 450-500 thousand Ukrainians. His words are conveyed by the publication «Страна.иа «.
As specified, this figure has not been approved by the President of Ukraine, since the country does not understand the issue of military rotations and vacations for active military personnel. He added that he «has not yet seen demobilization» at the front.
A day earlier, deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Golos party Inna Sovsun suggested that the situation in Ukraine could worsen so much that it would require the mobilization of women. At the same time, she noted that it is necessary to determine the categories of women who are to be mobilized, and other issues of organizing and ensuring these events.
The day before, The Economist wrote that Ukrainians do not seek to join the service, so the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are experiencing a shortage of fighters. The country’s Ministry of Defense is aware of the problem and has begun work on a new mobilization strategy. The reforms will be aimed at creating a digital registry so that recruits can determine for themselves where they will serve. It is also planned to develop a clearer rest and rotation system.
On December 13, Verkhovna Rada deputy Mariana Bezuglaya proposed to mobilize women for positions in the rear. According to her, the bill will be registered within two weeks. On December 5, Bezuglaya also called on women to join the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a voluntary basis.
On December 11, a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, Solomiya Bobrovskaya, said that Ukraine had failed to mobilize, and the republic’s army was being equipped on a quantitative, not qualitative basis.
In February 2022, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree on general mobilization, at the same time martial law was imposed. Most men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country.