Ukraine’s parliamentary national security committee has approved a bill that would make military registration for Ukrainian women voluntary, MP Roksolana Pidlasa said in a Facebook post on Sep. 5.
Her colleague, Mariana Besuhla, noted that the initially-proposed date of Oct. 1 for mandatory military registration will now be pushed back.
“The Defense Ministry is on record saying that the Oct. 1 deadline will be pushed back regardless,” Besuhla said.
As it stands, Ukrainian women would have faced mandatory military registration starting on Oct. 1, precluding them from leaving the country under the martial law period. The Ukrainian parliament was slow to make registration voluntary, as it was prioritizing war-related matters, Defense Ministry official Oleksii Kopytko said earlier.
According to Kopytko, even if parliament doesn’t manage to approve the bill by the end of September, the deadline will be postponed, ensuring Ukrainian women will still be able to travel abroad unimpeded.