Mobilization to take place throughout entire Ukraine - General Staff
First Deputy Chief of the Defense and Mobilization Planning Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Volodymyr Talalai said at a press briefing Friday.
"The mobilization timescales are determined by the president and approved by the Verkhovna Rada. Therefore, specific dates to be determined only when the Verkhovna Rada will vote the relevant law," he said.
The Directorate's First Deputy Chief said, answering the question about whether the military draft to begin approximately from the beginning of January: "Taking in consideration the duration of this year mobilization to ensure consistent soldiers' replacement in the military bases ... we need to carry out the military draft not later than the end of January."
As for the number of Ukrainians who will be conscripted during the upcoming mobilization, this figure, according to Talalai, should match the volumes that provide combat readiness of military units."
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He added that this information is not to be made public.
The First Deputy Chief of the Directorate also stressed that the mobilization will take place throughout the entire Ukraine, except the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are under the control of the terrorists.
"The draft will be conducted in accordance with certain tasks in all other regions. Our task is not to burden any separate area," he said.
The NSDC decided last Saturday that there will be three waves of mobilization in 2015 - in January, April, and June.
"The first wave of mobilization is scheduled to begin from Jan. 20 and will last for 90 days. The next wave to begin approximately from April and will be accomplished in 60 days. And the third wave will start in June - its duration will be also 60 days," NSDC secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said.
It is planned to ensure the necessary number of servicemen for the Armed Forces, the National Guard, and the Border Guard Service during these three waves of draft.
Defense Ministry spokesperson Viktoria Kushnir said that the next wave of mobilization in Ukraine will begin Jan. 20, 2015. It is planned to call up about 50 thousand of people to the military service.