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Ukraine's Poroshenko Says No Conscripts In War Zone

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (file photo)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (file photo)

President Petro Poroshenko has announced that Ukraine no longer has conscripts fighting Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east.

"There is not a single conscripted soldier on the front or in the area of the antiterrorist operation," the presidency quoted Poroshenko as saying on November 2.

"The armed forces of Ukraine must be fully comprised of volunteers and contract soldiers who are well-prepared, motivated, trained, and fully supplied," he said.

Ukraine resumed conscription after Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and the outbreak of war between Kyiv's forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Chief of Staff General Viktor Muzhenko said that 90,000 professional soldiers have enlisted in Ukraine's armed forces since then.

The conflict in Ukraine's east has killed more than 9,600 people since April 2014.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax

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