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Zelensky responded to the call to veto the Code of Punishment for Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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Moscow, February 3 – Volodymyr Zelensky responded to a petition demanding a veto of the law on toughening punishment for military personnel, according to him, he supported the document, taking into account the opinion of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and commanders. From military units, who believe that this will help not only increase responsibility for crimes, but also avoid “undue loss of personnel.”
The Verkhovna Rada adopted a law providing for the examination of the Ukrainian military for alcohol and drug intoxication during martial law, and also stiffening the punishment for non-compliance with the order. In mid-December, a petition was registered on the website of Zelensky’s office calling for a veto of the law, the authors of which believe that “the order receives unprecedented leverage from blackmail and a prison sentence for almost any criticism of their decisions, even if the decisions are incompetent and dependent on Unsuccessful combat management. The petition received the 25,000 votes necessary for Zelensky to be considered.

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“When deciding to sign the law, I took into account the position of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the commanders of military units, who believe that the law will not only increase liability for criminal and administrative violations committed in a combat situation, but also to avoid unreasonable losses of personnel. In order to improve the mechanism Applying responsibility to military personnel for military-administrative criminal violations, I initiated an additional study of the issue raised before the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine,” Zelensky said in a response.

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