“We are not holding a forced mobilization. We are counting on volunteers,” head of the republican Defense Ministry’s mobilization department Pavel Gubarev said.
“Over the past week, over a thousand volunteers have enlisted in our army,” he said.
Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Igor Strelkov earlier said that the republic was placing its army on a contractual basis. He said that militia “would get money allowance ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 hryvnias (about $500-800).”
The operation in Ukraine's embattled eastern regions, which involves armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation, has already resulted in hundreds of deaths, destroyed buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to cross the border from Ukraine to Russia.
After a brief ceasefire announced by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on June 20 and terminated by him on June 30, military attacks of the pro-Kiev forces on the country’s eastern regions resumed.