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Certain categories of draft-aged men will be required to show that they have registered with conscription offices at the border under the new mobilization laws that will go into effect on May 18, said State Border Guard spokesperson Andrii Demchenko in comments to Ukrainska Pravda on May 16.

Ukraine has sought to update the legal framework around conscription and introduce harsher penalties for draft evasion to ramp up mobilization in 2024. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed several laws on mobilization in April.

Under martial law, Ukrainian men aged between 18 and 60, with some exceptions, are not allowed to leave the country as they may be called up for military service.

According to Demchenko, some categories of men who are allowed to leave the country will still be required under the new laws to show that they have registered at military conscription offices when crossing the border.

The new law will not impact other categories of draft-aged men who are allowed to leave, such as men with disabilities or those transporting humanitarian goods.

Ukraine could recruit up to 20,000 convicts into army, Justice Minister says
Ukraine could fill its ranks with as many as 20,000 convicts in a move that would also help ease overcrowding in Ukrainian prisons, Justice Minister Denys Maliuska told BBC Ukraine in an interview published on May 10.
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Parliament speaker dismisses Putin's claims on Zelensky's legitimacy.

According to Ukraine's Constitution, the president fulfills his powers until a newly elected president takes office. Therefore, Volodymyr Zelensky remains and will remain Ukraine's president until the end of martial law," Speaker of Ukraine's parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk said.
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