Students, postgraduates and doctoral candidates can avoid mobilization under new law
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Tuesday adopted a law that would exempt students, postgraduates and doctoral candidates from having to serve in the military, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The corresponding decision was supported by 245 MPs out of 350 registered in the session hall.
According to the bill, Paragraph 1, Part 8, Article 26 of the Law of Ukraine "On military duty and military service" is supplemented by a fourteenth paragraph, according to which persons who are full-time students or graduates who are called to military service under the mobilization for a special period may be dismissed from military service if they have not expressed a desire to continue it.
The Verkhovna Rada has also added a rule that full-time doctoral candidates are not subject to conscription under mobilization for a special period, and those doctoral students who have already been called up for military service will be eligible for exemption from military service.
Chairperson of Education and Science Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, MP from the Popular Front party, Lilia Hrynevych, who was the author of the bill, said that such a person could continue their military service of their own volition.