Ukraine Bill Would Expand War’s Mobilization Net

The Ukrainian government is reportedly working on new laws to increase its mobilization efforts in response to the growing number of deaths caused by the invasion of the nation by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Facebook, Ukrainian politician Mariana Bezuhla revealed that she is working on increasing the number of individuals eligible for military conscription. The measure would make it easier to draft more people into the military if it were to become law. Oleksandr Zavitnevych, leader of the national security and defense committee in parliament, acknowledged to RBC-Ukraine that the law was being prepared.

The industrial center of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, Avdiivka, has been the site of escalating confrontations for the last 21 months, and deaths have been mounting on both sides.

Russian forces sent thousands of soldiers, tanks, and armored vehicles in October in an all-out assault to seize Avdiivka. Reportedly, over forty thousand Russian soldiers have been recruited in preparation for a new assault on the town, which is considered the gateway to Donetsk.

As a result of the upcoming revisions to Ukraine’s conscription legislation, getting a bachelor’s degree or more will no longer be an option to escape the draft.

Anyone with a criminal record or who served in the military forces of another country before becoming a Ukrainian citizen would be added to the list of people eligible for conscription.

Just like Russia, Ukraine doesn’t often reveal how many of its soldiers have died in battle. Nonetheless, Western intelligence agencies assess that they are considerable. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Mark Milley said in November 2022 that the number of dead had topped 100,000 on both sides, with an additional 40,000 civilians perhaps killed.

U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency assessments were released in April, estimating deaths in Ukraine to be between 124,5 thousand and 131,000. Between 109,000 and 113,500 people were injured, and an estimated 15,500 to 17,500 people died.

The Ukrainian military’s command staff has confirmed that 640 Russian servicemen have lost their lives in the last day. Three hundred nineteen thousand two hundred ten casualties have been reported in Russia since February 24, 2022.

Newsweek could not independently verify the figures. While Western friends often report lower casualty tolls, Kyiv typically says more significant tolls. Russia often remains mum when asked about the number of injuries among its troops. The number of casualties in the fight was 5,937, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s statement in September 2022.