| 13 June 2024, Thursday |

Ukraine fires military conscription officials for taking bribes

In an anti-corruption crackdown, Ukrainian conscription officials accused of collecting bribes and smuggling individuals out of the country have been fired.

Volodymyr Zelensky revealed that more than 30 persons have been charged with crimes, and that all regional authorities in charge of military conscription have been dismissed.

Bribery during a war, he claimed, is “high treason.”

As Ukraine’s counter-offensive campaign continues, efforts are being made to strengthen the military forces.

According to the president’s administration, corruption charges “threaten Ukraine’s national security and undermine trust in state institutions.”

Replacement officials will be recruited from among people with war experience who have been vetted by the intelligence service, according to the statement.

Among the claims include officials accepting cash and cryptocurrency bribes or assisting persons eligible to be called up to fight to flee Ukraine, according to Mr Zelensky in a video uploaded on social media.

According to Ukraine’s general mobilization standards, any males over the age of 18 who are physically capable of fighting are eligible to be conscripted, and most adult men under the age of 60 are barred from leaving the country.

“We are dismissing all regional military commissars,” he said.

“This system should be run by people who understand what war is and why cynicism and bribery are high treason during a war.”

He stated that the conscription system “is not functioning properly,” adding, “The way they treat warriors, the way they treat their duties, it’s just immoral.”

The malfeasance was discovered during an examination of local army offices.

Mr Zelensky stated that 112 criminal actions against 33 individuals were initiated against regional authorities, adding that violations had been discovered throughout the country.

Neither Ukraine nor Russia disclose the number of soldiers dead since the February 2022 invasion, but both have actively solicited recruits as attritional combat continues.