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Due to a shortage of men willing to serve in the Ukrainian armed forces, the Ukrainian government decided to conscript convicted criminals and suspects under investigation into contractual military service.

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Due to a shortage of men willing to serve in the Ukrainian armed forces, the Ukrainian government decided to conscript convicted criminals and suspects under investigation into contractual military service.

Disproof

Ukrainian law does not permit suspected criminals under investigation to serve in the armed forces; this is also reinforced by a Ministry of Defense resolution. Ukraine’s National Guard also announced on its official website that individuals who are under pre-trial investigation or whose cases are in litigation are not eligible for contractual military service. See bit.ly/1V5UwRq.

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Reported in: Issue 19
Date: 06.03.2016
Language: Russian
Country: Ukraine
Keywords: War in Ukraine
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: ukraina.ru
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