Poroshenko signs demobilization decree

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) on Friday, March 25th, signed a decree demobilizing soldiers who were called up during the fourth wave of the military draft.

"I signed a decree demobilizing those servicemen, drafted by the decrees of July 21, 2014 and January 14, 2015", Poroshenko said, according to a statement on the website of the President of Ukraine. Poroshenko stated that the document affects about 45,000 soldiers. He also discussed that the success of the campaign has brought a conclusion to the contracted terms for the soldiers. According to him, beyond the combat zone the contract employee receives a minimum of 7,000 UAH ($267), and those who are in the area known as the ATO will receive 11,000 UAH ($420).

At the end of February the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, said that in the future, Ukraine may waive the conscription process as the number of people willing to serve on contract has increased substantially after the increase in funding. In case of a seventh wave of the draft, he estimated the number of conscripts to be 10,000-12,000.

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