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Ukrainian Field Commanders 'Waste a Lot of Time' on Basic Training of Recruits

© AFP 2023 / ANATOLII STEPANOVUkrainian army recruits march during a farewell ceremony in Kiev. File photo
Ukrainian army recruits march during a farewell ceremony in Kiev. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.06.2024
Ukraine's new mobilization law tightens the screws on conscription to replenish the Ukrainian army, depleted by two years of armed conflict with Russia.
Ukrainian frontline commanders are bracing for an influx of poorly trained recruits, due to be drafted under a new conscription law, the Washington Post (WaPo) has reported.
The commanders complained that they used to spend weeks teaching new recruits basic skills, such as how to shoot, because most of them were poorly trained.

"We had guys that didn’t even know how to disassemble and assemble a gun," a deputy battalion commander with the call sign Schmidt told WaPo.

He added that the commanders "are wasting a lot of time here [at the front line] on basic training" of "new infantry" to try to avoid a looming scenario of conscripts being sent to the battlefield "to just die."
Ukrainian military medics try to give first aid to a soldier heavily wounded in a battle near Kremennaya in the Lugansk region, Russia, Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.05.2024
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Ukrainian field commanders have repeatedly complained about lackluster preparation for recruits at training centers – "a reminder that a newly adopted mobilization law [in Ukraine] is just one step in solving the military’s personnel problems" amid Russia’s ongoing offensive.

The law was inked by Volodymyr Zelensky in April, a document that lowered the draft age from 27 to 25, expanded the powers of draft officials and introduced penalties for draft dodgers, including fines of up to $640.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainian men are expected to be drafted under the document, which has been in effect since May 18.
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