Ukraine starts drafting reservists aged 18-60 after president’s order

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KYIV, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Wednesday has started conscripting reservists aged 18-60 following a decree by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the armed forces said in a statement. 

The maximum service period is one year. 

Zelenskiy on Tuesday said he was introducing the conscription of reservists but ruled out a general mobilisation after Russia announced it was moving troops into eastern Ukraine. Read full story

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Matthias Williams;Editing by Alison Williams)

Photo An Ukranian serviceman checks situation on the position near the Zaytseve village not far from pro-Russian militants controlled city of Gorlivka Donetsk area, Ukraine, 21 February 2022 (made available 22 February). Russia on 21 February 2022 recognized the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed breakaway regions as independent states and ordered the deployment of peacekeeping troops to the Donbas, triggering an expected series of economic sanctions announcements by Western countries. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) declared independence in 2014 amid an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. EPA-EFE/ALISA YAKUBOVYCH

Photo Генеральний штаб ЗСУ / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Facebook

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