Deputy Defense Minister warns of Russian attempts to disrupt mobilization efforts in Ukraine

29 March, 07:45 PM
Hanna Malyar (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / NV)

Hanna Malyar (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / NV)

The Russian Federation is disseminating extensive amounts of false information in the Ukrainian media with the intention of sabotaging the mobilization process for Ukraine’s Defense Forces, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Hanna Malyar, said in an interview with Ukrainian Radio on March 29.

“(The Russians) have two goals today: they want to deprive us of Western aid. This is their greatest fear – that the West will provide us with everything promised, including weapons. Second, they want to disrupt and sabotage our mobilization efforts, because it is people who use weapons. And they are most afraid of our soldiers, as well as the weapons that will be provided to us,” Malyar said.

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She noted that the Russians would publish a lot of manipulative information about certain stories where “someone was taken by force, brought to a military enlistment office, and something terrible happened.”

She pointed out that this information mostly turns out to be fake.

The deputy minister acknowledged that there have been some violations amid the mobilization campaign in Ukraine, and that nobody is trying to hide such facts.

The main reason is that military enlistment offices have been overloaded with work since Feb. 24, 2022., she said, adding that continuous efforts are made to address the issues.

“Thanks to mobilization and our strong motivation, we have protected the city of Kyiv, liberated Kharkiv, Kherson oblasts, and thanks to this, we are standing strong on all. There is no need to be afraid of this topic because it is a regular military topic, and nothing unusual is happening in Ukraine,” Malyar added.

On Oct. 18, 2022, the Verkhovna Rada supported a bill on conscription for military service and the activities of draft boards. According to the text of bill No. 8109, conscription for regular military service is not conducted while martial law is in effect.

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