Zelensky Signs Law to Lower Draft Age as Ukraine Flounders on Battlefield

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President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has now officially approved three new laws to address the urgent need for reinforcements in the country’s military forces.

These measures involve reducing the age of conscription for men and removing certain medical exemptions, all in an effort to bolster the ranks of the exhausted and war-weary army.

In light of recent developments, Mr. Zelensky has been forced to take desperate action to address the situation.

It appears that the recent successes of the Russian forces, coupled with the ongoing conflict, has significantly depleted Ukraine’s military resources.

Ukraine’s Parliament has been engaged in lengthy discussions over a bill that proposes a comprehensive reform of conscription.

However, according to political analysts, the matter of increasing the number of men being called up has become a sensitive issue that politicians and military leaders are reluctant to be linked with.

Even Mr. Zelensky, who had hesitated for almost a year before signing the bill to lower the draft age, was part of the discussion.

The rates of casualties are significant. Many men who desired to enlist in the military have already done so, and there were even some small protests against the draft prior to the implementation of the new legislation.

In a significant development, recent measures have been implemented in Ukraine that are set to have a profound impact.

These measures, approved by Parliament in May and signed into law by Mr. Zelensky just a few days ago, bring about several key changes.

Notably, the draft eligibility age has been lowered from 27 to 25, allowing a wider pool of individuals to be considered.

Additionally, a category of medical exemption called “partially eligible” has been eliminated, streamlining the process.

The move comes as a recent Politico article, citing high ranking sources within the Ukrainian military, has now confirmed that the country’s prospect are bleak in the upcoming year, regardless of whether or not they receive the massive amount aide they have requested from the U.S.

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