During his press conference on April 7, Denis Pushilin answered Alexander Sladkov’s question about the republic’s readiness to carry out the announced conscription, and also spoke about the possible mobilization in the state.

“I don’t want to mix conscription and mobilization. We were planning conscription for a long time, because no-one was called into service for seven years. This is too much of a luxury for a state at war. I would like to note that it is very important that men in every country know how to handle weapons and have military professions. The situation in Donbass is proof of that.

Our conscription is voluntary, but we have far-reaching plans. In the future, we will make it to general conscription, when all the recruitment offices are ready for this, and the servicemen are properly provided for. The 200 people included in the first conscription wave will not get to the contact line. We will train them far from the front line, using all the opportunities at our disposal,” Denis Pushilin said.

The Head of Republic is also hopeful that there will be no need for general mobilization.

“There is no reason to carry out a general mobilization right now. Today, our armed forces and law enforcement agencies are working well enough and are ready to counter any threat,” the Head of State noted.

Denis Pushilin stressed that the Donetsk People’s Republic has reserves.

“Many men already have already gained military experience, have gone through hostilities and are now ready to stand up to defend their Homeland again. At that, a large number of volunteers from Russia and other countries contact us. We have established plans for working with volunteers, but they will be only be implemented if the degree of tension on the contact line increases,” Denis Pushilin said.