Ukraine: Frontline Only For The Volunteers

  • Rakieta nośna Chang Zheng-2D, Fot. Cristóbal Alvarado Minic, Flickr/Wikipedia, CC BY 2.0
    Rakieta nośna Chang Zheng-2D, Fot. Cristóbal Alvarado Minic, Flickr/Wikipedia, CC BY 2.0

The Ukrainian President met the Defence Minister of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, and the Ukrainian Chief of General Staff, Viktor Muzhenko. During the meeting, the President got acquainted with the report referring to finalization of the sixth wave of demobilization of the conscripts fighting in Donbas. The procedure was carried out on the basis of a decree from September 2016.

Chief of the General Staff announced that the process, related to the sixth wave of demobilization, has been fully completed, with the exception of the members of the army who are being treated or who are a subject to an internal investigation. Starting from the beginning of November, solely contracted soldiers andvolunteers remain active in Donbas, at the frontline.

As President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief, I can report to the people of Ukraine that there are no mobilized warriors on the frontline in the ATO area starting from today. And the Armed Forces of Ukraine must fully consist of volunteers and contract soldiers who are well-trained, motivated and equipped.

Petro Poroshenko

In his statement, the Ukrainian President noted that throughout the last two years mobilization has made it possible to maintain the defensive capacity of the state. He also stressed the fact that the Army, throughout that period, had to go through a number of reforms. In the light of the above, now only the well trained contract soldiers and volunteers, also trained by the Ukraine’s foreign partners, remain at the frontline, as Poroshenko emphasized during the press meeting.

Demobilization Decree has been signed by Poroshenko on 28th September 2016. It is one of the stages of the arrangements made within the scope of the Minsk memorandums, the purpose of which is to establish peace in Donbas.