Ukraine's General Staff revokes decision on granting travel permits to conscripts

6 July, 05:09 PM
Ukrainian soldiers (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

Ukrainian soldiers (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

Ukraine's General Staff will revoke the procedure for issuing permits for the movement of conscripts and will send it for revision, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said in a Telegram messenger post on July 6.

He said that the issue of "the procedure for granting permission to citizens of Ukraine who are on military registration in the territorial recruitment and social support centers to travel outside their place of residence (place of stay) from the announcement of mobilization and in wartime," had been considered during a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Staff.

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Zaluzhnyi said that the document had previously concerned only the internal work of the territorial recruitment centers and did not create any restrictions on the rights and freedoms of Ukrainians.

"Despite this, its appearance (in reports) on the Internet caused numerous manipulations, misreadings, and even illegal actions to prevent the movement of citizens, which became the basis for discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the country's military and political leadership," he said.

According to the official, the document will be revoked and sent for revision. The updated document will be created on the basis of changes to the legislation regulating the movement of citizens under martial law.

"The existing legal framework does not take into account the realities of today and does not provide effective mobilization mechanisms," Zaluzhnyi added.

He also called on Ukrainians to fulfill their constitutional duty to protect Ukraine.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instructed the defense minister, the chief of the General Staff and the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to report to him the details of the high-profile decision, and promised to sort out the problem.

Zaluzhnyi previously said that if a conscript plans to travel outside his district and region, he needs to obtain a permit from the territorial recruitment center.

"The military command did not issue any instructions on preventing the movement of persons in the coming days," he said.

The representative of Ukraine's General Staff, Colonel Oleksandr Khlys, clarified that permits would be required to travel outside the region. He noted that the relevant norm had been enshrined in the legislation of Ukraine before the start of the war.

According to Khlys, the General Staff is currently working with the Digital Ministry to simplify obtaining permits through the Diia mobile app.

The coordinator of the lawyers' movement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yevhenia Ryabeka, said that conscripts could move around Ukraine without obtaining permits, and the issue actually concerned updating the records of people who are changing their place of residence or place of registration.

Adviser on legal issues of the OPORA Civil Network Pavlo Romaniuk also said that the document refers namely to a change of residence, and the document published by the General Staff had been for internal use.

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