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Ukraine: Bill passed allowing foreigners to serve in the military00:51

Ukraine: Bill passed allowing foreigners to serve in the military

Ukraine, Kiev
May 12, 2015 at 21:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Ukrainian Parliament (Rada) passed a bill in Kiev on Tuesday allowing foreigners to serve in the country’s military. The bill was passed in its first reading, with 257 lawmakers supporting the legislation, over the minimum 226 votes needed. The bill will need to be redrafted before it is presented to the president to be signed.

The bill concerns foreigners and stateless persons who would be allowed to serve in the Ukrainian military on a contractual basis. To become officers, foreigners would have to attain Ukrainian citizenship.

An explanatory note to the bill stated that foreigners with military experience had begun coming to the south-east of Ukraine, with a view to joining the voluntary units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The bill, if passed, would provide a legal framework for the involvement of these foreign nationals.

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The Ukrainian Parliament (Rada) passed a bill in Kiev on Tuesday allowing foreigners to serve in the country’s military. The bill was passed in its first reading, with 257 lawmakers supporting the legislation, over the minimum 226 votes needed. The bill will need to be redrafted before it is presented to the president to be signed.

The bill concerns foreigners and stateless persons who would be allowed to serve in the Ukrainian military on a contractual basis. To become officers, foreigners would have to attain Ukrainian citizenship.

An explanatory note to the bill stated that foreigners with military experience had begun coming to the south-east of Ukraine, with a view to joining the voluntary units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The bill, if passed, would provide a legal framework for the involvement of these foreign nationals.