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Ukraine parliament passes controversial bill to enlist more soldiers

Posted on AllSides April 12th, 2024
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After months of infighting, Ukraine’s parliament voted to pass a new law on mobilization Thursday that Kyiv hopes will make it easier to replenish its forces amid a critical shortage of manpower that has weakened Ukraine’s defenses.

The law includes incentives such as better pay for people to join the armed forces, as well as penalties for draft dodgers and narrower exemptions from military service. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to sign the legislation soon.

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