Legalization of foreigners in the Armed Forces of Ukraine will improve the combat capability of the army – Semenchenko

Permitting foreigners to serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine will allow them to receive social benefits and to serve legally. This was stated by deputy of the “Samopomich” Union faction Semen Semenchenko.

According to the MP, today many citizens of Georgia, Belarus and even Russia are fighting for the independence of Ukraine as a part of the volunteer battalions. But they do not have the appropriate status and are often forced to lead clandestine activities.

“For example, the battalion named after Dzhokhar Dudayev and the opponents of totalitarianism from the Russian Federation. These people are now having difficulties with obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine,” said the deputy.

According to Semenchenko, adoption of the bill №2389 will give them the opportunity to serve on the initial positions, receive social benefits, have formalization in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Accordingly, the state will be responsible for them.

Semenchenko notes that these fighters have high level of motivation, and their integration into the Armed Forces of Ukraine will increase the combat efficiency of the army.

We shall recall that today the Verkhovna Rada included into the agenda the bill №2389 on the foreigners and stateless persons’ serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Semen Semenchenko
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