Zelensky Signs Law Lowering Conscription Age to 25

He also signed a law requiring men who have been declared only 'partially fit' for service to undergo another medical examination

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a bill into law on Tuesday that lowers the age of eligible conscripts for mobilization from 27 to 25, Ukrainska Pravda reported.

The bill was passed by Ukraine’s parliament last May but had been sitting on Zelensky’s desk for nearly a year since expanding the draft is unpopular among Ukrainians as war fatigue has been setting in.

Zelensky also signed two other laws aimed at getting more troops for the failing war effort against Russia. One requires men who have been declared only “partially fit” for service to undergo another medical examination.

Another law will establish an electronic database for military-age men between the ages of 17 and 60, as Ukraine looks to mobilize hundreds of thousands of fresh troops. Under martial law, men ages 18 to 60 cannot leave the country.

Zelensky signed the laws a few weeks after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visited Ukraine and demanded a change to the conscription laws. “I would hope that those eligible to serve in the Ukrainian military would join. I can’t believe it’s at 27,” Graham said. “You’re in a fight for your life, so you should be serving — not at 25 or 27. We need more people in the line.”

In the early days of the war, Graham said Ukraine would be willing to “fight to the last person” as long as the US continued to provide military aid. Now that hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and it’s become clear Ukraine has no chance of winning on the battlefield, hawks in the US are still looking to fuel the proxy war against Russia.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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