10:59 25.04.2016

Poroshenko suspends seventh wave of mobilization

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Poroshenko suspends seventh wave of mobilization

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has reported that a sharp increase in a number of the volunteers to sign military service contracts with Ukraine's Armed Forces or with the other military formations has made it possible to suspend the seventh wave of mobilization.

"The fact that today over 23,000 Ukrainians have signed a contract to serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units, has made it possible for me to not declare the next wave of mobilization. And I do my best to postpone [mobilization] to delay it as long as possible," Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels on Sunday evening.

The president said salaries of servicemen this year have been increased - a motivation for many volunteers to sign the contracts.

"We compensated the fourth [demobilization] wave. We'll see how many new volunteers apply, if it's enough to demobilize the fifth wave of conscripts, which will occur under the terms foreseen by law, let's see," the head of state said.

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