Zelensky lowers the mobilization age in the army from 27 to 25

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a law lowering the mobilization age from 27 to 25.

The bill, which was passed by lawmakers a year ago and was awaiting promulgation by the presidency until then, takes effect on Wednesday, the Rada, Ukraine's parliament, said on its website.

The Ukrainian government must then bring the various legal texts into line with the new mobilisation age within six months.

Army recruitment has been the subject of debate in Ukraine for months.

In December 2023, a new draft will be introduced. Volodymyr Zelensky said that the army had offered to mobilise up to 500,000 extra men, a number that was subsequently reduced by the new commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, Oleksandr Sirskyi.

The current recruitment system is seen by many Ukrainians as unfair, inefficient and often corrupt. There are also calls for the demobilisation of those who have been on the front for a long time. / BGNES