The President signed a law on strengthening the responsibility of military personnel

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The President signed the law on strengthening the responsibility of military personnel

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a law on strengthening the responsibility of military personnel in a state of martial law or in a combat situation.

From now on, responsibility for unauthorized abandonment of a military unit or place of service, desertion, unauthorized abandonment of the battlefield or refusal to use weapons has been increased, disobedience and non-compliance with military orders, according to the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

December 13, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law “On Amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses and other legislative acts of Ukraine on features of military service under martial law or in a combat situation. (registration number 8271).

They have increased the responsibility of military personnel in martial law or in a combat situation.

Under this law, in particular, courts will be prohibited from mitigating punishment or giving suspended sentences for military convicted of certain types of crimes:

  • disobedience (art. 402),
  • failure to comply with an order (art. 403),
  • threats or violence in against a superior (art. 405),
  • unauthorized abandonment of a military unit (art. 407),
  • desertion (art. 408),
  • unauthorized abandonment of a battlefield (Article 429).

Sentences for war crimes and administrative offenses are also growing.

Valery Zaluzny supported this law, despite criticism from human rights activists, parts of society and a petition on the President's website about vetoing it.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga 

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