"We need to conduct rotations": the commander explained how to replace demobilization and why it is not needed until the end of the war

The commander of the 93rd Mechanized Brigade "Kholodnyi Yar", Pavlo Palisa, explained why he opposes demobilization. Source: Oleksandr Bramskyi / Novyny Suspilne

Colonel Pavlo Palisa, commander of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade "Kholodny Yar," opposed demobilization until the end of the war. He believes that it is much more important to get the opportunity to conduct more frequent rotations to restore the combat capability of the Armed Forces.

To do this, more people need to be mobilized into the Defense Forces. Palisa said this in an interview with Suspilne.

The military is confident that attracting more people to the ranks of the Ukrainian army can help soldiers who have been on the front line for a long time to restore their moral and physical condition.

In this way, he explained, the Armed Forces units will be able to rotate more often, restore their combat capability with greater frequency, and spend less time on the front line.

"Physical and psychological stress will be reduced. Soldiers will have the opportunity to rest and spend time with their families. And commanders will be able to devote more time to training and implementing the combat models that are currently relevant," added Palisa.

In addition, according to the brigade commander, people who have been in service since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion or those who joined the army even earlier are the main carriers of combat experience.

"And this experience will have to be passed on to them. Next point: 36 months. After 36 months, can we assume that the future we are fighting for has already arrived? No," he is sure.

It should be reminded that the law on mobilization No. 10449, which will come into force on May 18, does not contain a provision on demobilization. Before the bill was considered in the second reading, the provision that provided for demobilization after 36 months of service was removed from its wording at the request of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrsky and Defense Minister Rustem Umerov.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, Fedir Venislavsky, a member of the parliamentary committee on national security, explained that the term "demobilization" is not relevant during a full-scale war, and that additional grounds for dismissal from military service may be used instead.

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