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Poroshenko legalizes foreigners in Ukrainian Army

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the Law "On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by foreigners and stateless persons," the presidential press service has told UNIAN.

Poroshenko allows foreigners to serve in the Ukrainian army / president.gov.ua
Poroshenko allows foreigners to serve in the Ukrainian army / president.gov.ua

Law No. 716-VIII, which was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on October 6, provides for foreigners and stateless persons to be liable for contracted military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations. This will enhance combat capabilities of the Armed Forces and other military formations, as the country will receive more combat-capable, experienced and motivated battalion-level units totaling up to a thousand troops.

Due to foreigners joining the ranks of the Ukrainian Army and other military formations, the need for conscription of the Ukrainian citizens during a special period mobilization will be also be reduced.

Poroshenko allows contract military to serve for six monthsAs UNIAN reported earlier, on October 6 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill "On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine concerning military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by foreigners and stateless persons."

The amendments to the Law "On Military Duty and Military Service” provide for  a status of military servicemen to foreigners and stateless persons who serve in Ukraine’s Armed Forces in accordance with the law.

Art. 5 of the Law "On the Armed Forces of Ukraine," was also amended, allowing citizens on alternative (non-military) service in accordance with the procedure established by law to be assigned to certain posts of the employees of the Armed Forces.

According to the law, foreigners and stateless persons who are contracted for military service for the first time, in accordance with the law, shall officially commit to comply strictly with the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, conscientiously fulfill the duties of military service.

Criminal liability is toughened for the financing of mercenaries in armed conflict. Amendments to Art. 447 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine stipulates that the recruitment, financing, material support, training of mercenaries in armed conflict, war or acts of violence aimed at the forcible change or overthrow of the constitutional order, the seizure of state power, obstruction of activities of public authorities or violation of territorial integrity, as well as the use of mercenaries in armed conflict, war or acts of violence shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of five to ten years.

The same acts committed by an official using his authority shall be punished by seven-to-twelve-year imprisonment with or without confiscation of property. Same actions which result in death of a person shall be punished by a ten-to-fifteen-year, or life, imprisonment, with or without confiscation of property.

Mercenary’s involvement in armed conflict, war or acts of violence shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of five to ten years.

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