Zelensky answered whether he sees the need to mobilize 500 thousand people and pointed out a nuance with funding
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he sees no need to mobilize another 500 thousand citizens. According to him, he did not receive enough information about the planned actions and operations that would require such a large-scale replenishment of the army.
In addition, the President emphasized, such mobilization requires significant financial support. He said this in an interview with the British TV channel Channel 4.
"I personally do not see the need to mobilize half a million people today... Not because I now want to respond somehow, to please someone. It's just life, and life is number one," Zelensky said.
He also emphasized that there are currently no large-scale operations at the front that would require such a significant replenishment of the army.
"The second story is that there are appropriate actions and appropriate operations. That is why today I have not seen enough clear details to say that half a million should be mobilized," the President said.
And the issue of financial support in the current situation, according to Zelensky, is quite acute. And money for mobilization will have to be allocated from the state budget.
"It's also money. And no matter what anyone thinks, all these finances definitely do not come from our partners. It's the Ukrainian budget that provides money for mobilization and salaries for our military. So when we say "half a million," we need to think. There is a request, we need to calculate everything correctly," the Head of State noted.
Zelensky said that the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had asked him to mobilize another 450-500 thousand people liable for military service during a press conference on December 12. At that time, he also mentioned the money needed to conduct such a large-scale conscription.
Earlier, Zelensky spoke about mobilization and demobilization in Ukraine. He called it a "matter of justice." The Head of State emphasized that the military, who have been on the front line since the first day of the invasion, need rest, and people who join the army should know that they can count on appropriate training and equipment. Therefore, the new law on mobilization should be "reasonable and fair."