Ukraine Enforces Stricter Penalties for Military Offenses

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.17 - 2024 2:03 PM CET

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President Zelensky has signed a law increasing fines for violations of military registration and mobilization rules.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a law that increases fines for violations of military registration and mobilization rules.

The law, aimed at tightening the enforcement of military duties, was officially signed on May 17, following its approval by 256 votes in the Verkhovna Rada on May 9.

Stricter Penalties for Military Offenses

The new legislation amends both the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses and the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

It introduces higher fines for breaches related to military accounting, defense legislation, military duty, and mobilization protocols.

Under the new law, fines for violating military accounting rules have been increased:

  • First Offense: Fines range from 3,400 to 5,100 hryvnias (approximately $93 to $140).

  • Repeated Offense Within a Year: Fines escalate to between 5,100 and 8,500 hryvnias ($140 to $232).

  • During a Special Period: The fines are further increased to a range of 17,000 to 25,500 hryvnias ($465 to $698).

For violations of defense and mobilization laws during peacetime:

  • Citizens: Fines range from 5,100 to 8,500 hryvnias ($140 to $232).

  • Officials and Legal Entities: Fines range from 17,000 to 25,500 hryvnias ($465 to $698).

  • Repeated Offense Within a Year: Fines for citizens range from 8,500 to 11,900 hryvnias ($232 to $326), and for officials and legal entities, from 25,500 to 34,000 hryvnias ($698 to $931).

For offenses committed during a special period:

  • Citizens: Fines range from 17,000 to 25,500 hryvnias ($465 to $698).

  • Officials and Legal Entities: Fines range from 34,000 to 59,500 hryvnias ($931 to $1,630).

Fines will be imposed within three months from the date of detection of the offense, but no later than one year from the moment of its commission.

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