Thousands of Ukrainian convicts are seeking parole to join the armed forces


Over 3.000 Ukrainian convicts have applied for parole to participate in the defense of Ukraine.

This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Justice Elena Vysotskaya.

Those who volunteer to be mobilized must enter into contractual service in the armed forces.

"There are more than three thousand people who applied. We predicted this before the adoption of this law. We can't say that all the 20 people we noticed as having potential will join. In previous polls, about 4,5 thousand expressed their desire. Now this number will fluctuate," Vysotskaya explained.

According to her, the Ministry of Justice understood "that there will be those who would like to mobilize, but the law will limit certain categories, so it cannot be said that everyone will receive parole and conclude a contract."

The Deputy Minister of Justice also emphasized that not all convicts who expressed a desire to join the army will be able to because of their health condition.

Military medical commissions will check convicts for socially dangerous diseases: HIV infection, tuberculosis or hepatitis. The presence of these diseases is a basis for refusing to mobilize.

Vysotskaya emphasized that the key determination in the law is the desire of the convict and their motivation to enter into an agreement with the armed forces of Ukraine in order to receive parole.

At the same time, she pointed out that the law contains warnings in case someone suddenly considers signing an agreement with the Armed Forces of Ukraine as an opportunity to be liberated, but not to fight.

"You should understand that the law has certain provisions for such cases. Liability for contract avoidance is very high and ranges from 5 to 10 years in prison. Therefore, anyone who wants to speculate on this topic may face additional responsibility and add up to 10 years of imprisonment to the previous ones," Vysotskaya said.

On May 17, 2024, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a draft law that provides for the voluntary mobilization of certain categories of prisoners in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the conclusion of a corresponding agreement.

They will serve in special units, and administrative supervision will be carried out by commanders of military units.

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