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Ukrainian Parliament Approves Decree on Limited Mobilization

RIA Novosti

14:14 22/07/2014

MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on limited mobilization at a parliamentary session of 232 lawmakers, meeting the required minimum of 226 votes.

Limited mobilization has been announced in relation to the events in eastern Ukraine, "which lead to deaths among civilians, military and specialists of Ukraine's armed forces and law enforcement agencies in the eastern regions of the country," the decree said.

Earlier, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy stated that limited mobilization was needed for the rotation of special forces in the conflict zone in the country's east as well as to strengthen troop numbers.

According to the law, limited mobilization is being conducted in all 24 regions of the country and in Kiev. Mobilization will take 45 days from the day of the law's enactment.

A draft will be called and the provision of vehicles for troops will be organized in accordance with "concrete mobilization plans taking into account the reservists."

Kiev authorities launched a special military operation in the east of Ukraine in mid-April in a crackdown on the country's growing independence movement centered there. Hundreds of people, including civilians have died over the past months as a result of the conflict.

Moscow has described the ongoing military action as a punitive operation and has repeatedly called on Kiev to put an immediate end to the bloodshed.

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