Zelenskyy signs decree allowing to discharge conscripts during martial law

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Conscripts who have finished their mandatory service period will now be able to leave the Ukrainian military and become reservists, according to a decree published on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s website on March 7.

Previously, all conscripts had no choice but to remain serving while martial law remains in effect in Ukraine.

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In his evening address, Zelenskyy said the military had requested several weeks to prepare for the policy change, confirming that conscripts would be able to transfer to the reserve starting in April.

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“I know that some of them have signed service contracts with the Defense Forces [choosing to continue their military service]; I am grateful to each one," the president added.

On Feb. 26, Zelenskyy signed the law that provided for demobilization of conscripts. While in reserve, they will enjoy a 12-month deferment from future wartime mobilization.

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