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Ukraine to seize cars owned by businessmen for army needs

January 13, 2015, 16:38 UTC+3 KIEV
The number of vehicles subject to mobilization has been set by the country's cabinet of ministers
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KIEV, January 13. /TASS/. Apart from people, Ukraine plans to mobilize cars owned by both businessmen and state enterprises for the needs of the military in Donbas, a senior official at the mobilization planning directorate of the General Staff said on Tuesday.

“We are planning on seizing transport vehicles and equipment during the next mobilization waves which will be sent to special centers in Ukraine and also engineer bases so that we can accept this equipment, carry out maintenance and then send it for accomplishing tasks,” Maj. Gen. Volodymyr Talalai told reporters.

The number of vehicles subject to mobilization has been set by the country's cabinet of ministers.

Local media reports said the Ukrainian authorities are primarily interested in SUVs, pickups and minivans.

“The equipment is seized free of charge but in case it is destroyed during the armed actions the state will have to pay the damages,” Talalai said.

The plans have been announced ahead of the fourth mobilization wave in Ukraine which begins on January 20, while another two campaigns are planned to be carried out in April and June. Some 50,000 people are due to be mobilized.

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