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Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) released statistics on Jan. 11, from recruitment centers throughout Ukraine, showing that draft commissions are rejecting more potential recruits. In 2021, only 3% were rejected; in 2022, 8%, and in the first nine months of 2023, 7%. However, there is a separate “partially eligible” category for those who should not be given physically challenging jobs—hence, not on the front lines. The “partially eligible” category grew from 20% in 2021 to 27% in 2022. NACP notes that payoffs to medical workers are suspected.

NACP warned: “This data may indicate the presence of corruption risks” in the operation of recruitment centers, and they singled out two regions, Kiev and Poltava, for having rates much higher than any other parts of the country.

RT notes that the present draft bill abolishes the “partially eligible” category, which would apparently allow for physically incapable people on the front lines. The new proposed mobilization law would also allow for putting into the military: women, those with medical conditions, and citizens who fled abroad as refugees.