Law of Ukraine

"On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine to Increase Protection of Children's Rights"

Date of entry into force:
August 15, 2014

According to the Law, in case of being dismissed from military service due to age, reduction in force, organizational measures, expiration of contract, direct subordination to a related person, systematic failure to fulfill the contract by command staff, and due to the occurrence of the special period, and in case of unwillingness to continue military service by a female military serviceman with a child (children) aged under 18 (formerly under 16), the one-off financial assistance of 50% of monthly sustenance for each calendar year of service is paid in case the length of service is 10 years or more (amended Article 15, paragraph 2 of the Law of Ukraine "On Social and Legal Protection of Military Servicemen and Their Family Members").

The Law amends Article 23 of the Law of Ukraine "On Mobilization Preparation and Mobilization", according to which, the following enlisted persons are not subject to recall to military service during mobilization:
  • men supporting three or more children aged under 18 (such men can only be recalled to military service at their place of residence and by their consent);
  • women and men solely raising a child (children) aged under 18 (such persons can only be recalled to military service at their place of residence and by their consent);
  • women and men supporting a category I or II disabled child of age, until the age of 23;
  • adoptive parents, guardians, sponsors, foster parents, mentor parents supporting orphan children or children deprived of parental care aged under 18 (such persons can only be recalled to military service at their place of residence and by their consent).

The Law also amends Article 26 of the Law of Ukraine "On Conscription and Military Service", providing as follows:
  • the contract is ceased (terminated), and military servicemen serving under a contract are also dismissed from military service due to occurrence of the special period, and in case of unwillingness to continue military service by a female military serviceman with a child (children) aged under 18;
  • during the special period, military servicemen are dismissed from military service, in particular, due to the following family reasons or other valid reasons: 1) an unmarried military serviceman is supporting their child or children aged under 18, who are living with them, without the other parent; 2) the military serviceman has three or more children aged under 18.
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