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Ukraine tightens fines for disobedience and desertion in the army

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday unveiled a law toughening penalties for the military for disobedience and desertion in the midst of a Russian invasion. This text has been criticized by human rights activists. According to the text published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which adopted it in December, we are talking about refusal to obey an order, threats against the commander, desertion and flight from the battlefield, or drinking alcohol.

In particular, it prohibits courts from commuting sentences or imposing suspended sentences on military personnel found guilty. This provision has been heavily criticized, despite the fact that the severity of penalties has not changed significantly under the new law. Ukrainian soldiers face up to 12 years in prison for desertion, up to 10 years for disobedience or refusal to fight, and up to 7 years for threatening a superior.

35,000 signatures against the law

During discussions in parliament, the text was criticized by human rights activists, and several organizations called on the president not to sign it. A petition against the law, posted on the president’s website, gathered nearly 35,000 signatures in December.

Instead of thanking the military, who for almost a year repelled a full-scale Russian invasion and carried out successful operations to liberate the territorywe get prisons for the slightest disagreement or remark about the commanderscondemns this petition.

On the other hand, the bill was supported by the head of the General Staff of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny. According to him, the commanders on the ground have “required a systematic solution to this complex of problems” and “in times of war, quick and effective solutions are needed“.”The army is disciplined. And if gaps in the legislation do not guarantee its observance (…) this results in increased losses.“, – he pointed out in December in Telegram.

Marius BOKE with AFP

Source: TF1


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