No plans to step up mobilization in Ukraine in 2023, says Ground Forces Command

20 December 2022, 02:07 AM
Ukrainian serviceman (Photo:(Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Facebook))

Ukrainian serviceman (Photo:(Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Facebook))

Ukraine will not ramp up mobilization in January 2023, the chief of the Personnel Department of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' Ground Forces Command Staff, Roman Horbach, said at a briefing on Dec. 19.

First of all, people with combat experience, in particular Anti-Terrorist Operation or Joint Forces Operation participants, will continue to be called up.

He noted that the mobilization was announced by a presidential decree on Feb. 24. At the same time, there have been no waves of mobilization even since the beginning of the war.

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"Indeed, at the first stage, more people were called up, then the scale was constantly decreasing, and now it is much lower than at the beginning," Horbach noted.

He also added that the number of people called up for mobilization depends on the situation at the front.

At the same time, all indicators on the number of personnel are planned, they are calculated by the General Staff, and the mobilization campaign proceeds as planned.

"It is wrong to say that there will be another wave after New Year holidays," Horbach stressed.

"All factors that affect this have long been accounted for. And the fact that Russia has mobilized and called up from 200,000 to 300,000 citizens has long been taken into account. Now we are working according to the plan and no waves are expected."

He noted that mobilization in Ukraine is ongoing as per the plan.

"We call up before the New Year holidays, and will continue to call after the New Year holidays," Horbach said.

"There may be some adjustments in the plans, but everything is calculated in advance."

Speaking about mobilization, Horbach stressed that people with combat experience are called up in Ukraine as priority.

"First of all, we call up those who already have experience of military service, and best of all, the experience of participation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation or the Joint Forces Operation," he said.

"Citizens who have not served in the army are also called up, but this category of citizens is mandatorily sent for training, the minimum period is one month, and then, depending on the complexity of a job profile, this period can be much longer."

He clarified that almost all job profiles are necessary for manning the Armed Forces and other formations.

"Of course, in percentage terms, we call up more for general military work: riflemen, tank drivers, but it cannot be said that we do not need such specialists as signalmen, encryptors, etc.," added Horbach.

"There is a need for all specialists, but we call up some more often than others."

On Dec. 15, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that the Ukrainian forces have enough people to protect the country from Russian aggression.

On Dec. 14, Roman Horbach, the head of the personnel department of the headquarters of the Ground Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said in an interview with NV that mobilization could be stepped up due to changes in the situation at the front. So far, there are no such events that require increased recruitment of a large number of conscripts.

Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar said that the continuation of mobilization in Ukraine depends on the course of the war and it is unfitting to make predictions about it now.

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