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Ukraine to unveil new mobilization policy this week — report

Ukrainian military personnel
Ukrainian military personnel

The Ukrainian government is getting ready to present an overhauled approach to military recruitment and mobilization, focusing on assigning conscripts to duties corresponding to their individual skill sets, The Guardian reported on Nov. 27.

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According to the report, the changes will be announced this week. The new initiatives include utilizing private recruitment agencies for more targeted conscription and ensuring draftees are matched with roles that correspond to their skills, rather than being sent directly to the front lines.

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“Some people are scared, scared to die, scared to shoot, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be involved in other activities…,” said Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) secretary, Oleksiy Danilov.

“Now we have a new [Defense] minister with a new approach.”

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Danilov stated that the army would work with Ukraine's two largest recruitment firms to identify individuals with specific skills and dissuade qualified Ukrainians who want to support the military but do not wish to go to the front lines from dodging the draft.

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“The mobilization will become more flexible, those specialties that are required will be announced, and people will be volunteering for a concrete position,” Danilov adds.

“For example, they need welders or mechanics and so on.”

A source in the Defense Ministry confirmed that contracts with Ukrainian recruitment agencies had been signed but did not provide further details.

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Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine