Soldiers who voluntarily left the place of service, deserted, or voluntarily surrendered, are not included in the number of Armed forces of Ukraine and other military formations servicemen.

This rule is adopted in General by the Verkhovna Rada the bill No. 1227 “On amendments to the law “On military duty and military service”. Such decision on Thursday was supported by 287 people’s deputies.

As noted in the explanatory Memorandum to the bill, its purpose is to normirovanie at the legislative level the question of what these soldiers are not included in the size of the armed forces and other military formations. The bill retains such persons the status of military servicemen for the duration of criminal proceedings in the preliminary investigation bodies and courts.

According to the document, such persons cease payment of money and other types of support. Also they are not subject to social guarantees established by law for soldiers.

The bill provides for the continuation of such military personnel in the case of the court of acquittal and renewal of all types of collateral and related guarantees of social protection.