14:44 24.07.2014

Ukraine to increase number of army bases, create rotation conditions - General Staff

During the third stage of partial mobilization in Ukraine conscripts will not be sent to the anti-terrorist operation zone in the east of the country straight away, Col. Oleksandr Pravdyvets, deputy chief of the mobilization unit at the Ukrainian Army General Staff Mobilization Department, has said.

"No one will be sent to the ATO (anti-terrorist operation) zone without proper training," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

For his part, Col. Mykhailo Scherbyna, who is in charge of introducing reservists into service, said that an additional 15 army bases and 44 combat-support units are expected to be put on alert during the third wave of mobilization.

"The aim of the third phase of mobilization is to increase the number of army units, bolster national border security and create rotation conditions," Scherbyna said.

The first two mobilizations saw the mobilization of 53 army bases and 18 bases related to other government departments, he said.

Whereas earlier the focus during mobilization was on conscripts trained for army jobs - paratroopers, grenadiers and so on, now preference will be given to the support provision for the bases located in the security-operation zone, the official said.

Mobilization will last for 45 days, but that is a period set for recruitment offices, not for the military service proper.

He also said mobilization will be conducted in all Ukrainian regions "proportionally" without an exception. ''It's not that we'll be recruiting from one region only," the General Staff representative said.

He would not say how many conscripts will be mobilized now, citing confidentiality such information.

The law on the third stage of partial mobilization took effect on Thursday, July 24.

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