: Foreigners allowed to serve in Ukraine's army

19:40 Jun. 10, 2016

Foreigners allowed to serve in Ukraine's army

Foreign nationals are officially allowed to enter the ranks of the Ukrainian military under contract (UNIAN photo)

President signs decree permitting foreign nationals to enter the ranks of the Ukrainian military under contract

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree "On the Regulation about the Military Service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by Foreigners and Stateless Persons," according to the president's press service.

The decree is aimed to optimize the recruiting of foreigners and stateless persons as privates, sergeants, and officers who will serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine under a contract.

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The decree allows foreigners and stateless persons who have not served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine earlier to voluntarily and duly fulfill their duty of protecting the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

However only those foreigners, who are staying in Ukraine legally can be taken for the military service in Ukrainian army, if they have such inclination.

In addition, foreigners who join the Ukrainian military service will have a probatory term of two months.

As earlier reported, Ukraine's parliament allowed foreign nationals and people without citizenship to serve in the Ukrainian army back in October 2015. On November 3, 2015, Poroshenko signed the relevant law.

Reporting by UNIAN, Interfax Ukraine

 

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