Today, November 12, entered into force a law allowing foreigners to serve in the Ukrainian army.
Law 716-VIII «On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine on military service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine by foreigners and stateless persons published in the newspaper «Uryadovy courier» on November 11, 2015 (No. 40) and comes into force on the day after publication, i.e. on 12 November.
The law predusmatrivaet that foreigners and stateless persons who undergo military service under the contract in Armed Forces of Ukraine, wear military uniforms, they are set for life military rank.
The military service is carried out by foreigners and persons without citizenship under the contract in positions of privates, sergeants and Sergeant major of composition — such aliens were official military status.
However the law defines this concept as mercenaries. According to the document, a mercenary is a person who: is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict; in fact, take direct part in hostilities.
A mercenary is defined as a person who is involved in a military conflict, guided by the desire for personal gain and who is promised material compensation substantially in excess of the remuneration paid to combatants of the same rank and functions within the personnel of the armed forces of that party.
President Petro Poroshenko signed the law on 3 November. Glad he was accepted on 6 October.
Entered into force a law allowing foreigners to serve in the Ukrainian army 12.11.2015