Ukraine lowers military recruitment age

Enlistment has been the subject of debate for months as the Ukrainian army has suffered losses whose magnitude is secret and has struggled to find volunteers for the front lines.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a bill that lowers the age for military mobilization from 27 to 25 years, as the armed forces face a shortage of men to confront the Russian invasion.

The bill, which was voted on by deputies a year ago and was awaiting presidential promulgation, came into effect on Wednesday, the Ukrainian Parliament, the Rada, announced on its website.

The government will then have to implement various regulatory texts within six months in accordance with the new mobilization age.

Enlistment has been the subject of debate for months as the Ukrainian army has suffered losses whose magnitude is secret and has struggled, unlike at the beginning of the conflict, to find volunteers for the front lines.

In February, parliament voted in the first reading on a series of measures aimed at facilitating mobilization, but a first draft prepared by the government was returned for rewriting a few weeks earlier.

The current recruitment system is considered by many to be unfair, inefficient, and sometimes corrupt, and there are voices advocating for the demobilization of those who have been on the front lines for a long time.

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