Hopes for early changes in Turkey's current destructive role futile — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 04, 5:08
Moscow becomes center of international activity over past twelve months — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 04, 2:33
Russian citizen kept in US federal custody dies of unidentified illnessWorld May 04, 2:30
NATO prefers to deal with Putin rather than his circle — BreedloveWorld May 04, 2:26
Truce in Syria violated 10 times over past dayWorld May 04, 2:23
There is progress in humanitarian access in Syria - LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 03, 19:26
UN chief places responsibility for strike on Aleppo hospital on Syrian authoritiesWorld May 03, 19:19
Kosovo Football Federation becomes UEFA’s 55th memberSport May 03, 18:44
Bodies of 3 victims of Kamchatka helicopter crash delivered to Petropavlovsk-KamchatskySociety & Culture May 03, 12:13
KIEV, May 01, /ITAR-TASS/. Parliament-appointed acting President Alexander Turchinov on Thursday, May 1, signed a decree reviving army conscription in Ukraine over the crisis in the south-eastern regions of the country.
The decree will apply to young men aged 18-25 who are not entitled to exemption or deferment from military service.
In October 2013, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich signed a decree that ordered the last conscription campaign in the country, after which the Armed Forces were supposed to move on to service on a contractual basis. Under that decree, 10,800 young men were drafted into the army, bringing the overall numeral strength of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to about 168,000 personnel. An army reform plan worked out by that time called for their dramatic reduction from 180,000 to 70,000 personnel within five years.
In February 2014, Yanukovich was removed from power as a result of a coup. The parliament appointed its speaker Turchinov acting president. On April 30 he ordered the Ukrainian Armed Forces to be put on high alert over the deteriorating situation in the South-East of the country.