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Russian parliament scraps age limit for army recruits

Russian parliament scraps age limit for army recruits
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) attends a flower-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall after the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2022. Russia marks Victory Day, Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender in World War II, with the annual parade in Moscow's Red Square on 09 May, after more than two months of attacks on Ukraine. EPA-EFE/ANTON NOVODEREZHKIN / KREMLIN POOL / SPUTNIK MANDATORY CREDIT

May 25 (Reuters) - Russia's parliament approved a law on Wednesday in double-quick time removing the upper age limit for contractual service in the military, amid heavy casualties in Ukraine.

Lawmakers in the State Duma lower house approved the bill in three readings in a single session, with the upper house, the Federation Council, giving its assent shortly after. The bill now needs only the signature of President Vladimir Putin to become law.

State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said: “Today, especially, we need to strengthen the armed forces and help the Ministry of Defence. Our Supreme Commander is doing everything to ensure that our armed forces win, and we need to help.”

Currently, only Russians aged 18-40 and foreigners aged 18-30 can enlist as professional soldiers in the Russian military.

Russian forces have suffered significant losses fighting in Ukraine.

The defence ministry said on March 25 that 1,351 Russian service personnel had been killed and 3,825 wounded since Moscow sent its armed forces into Ukraine on Feb. 24. It has not updated its casualty figures since.

Both Ukrainian and Western intelligence officials have said Russia’s losses in Ukraine were significantly higher at the time, and have risen sharply since March.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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  • Dr Know says:

    Zapiro, come on, this is a ‘cannot be missed’ moment – Uniformed geriatric Ruskis with their walkers, wheelchairs and other helpful supports raging across the border . . .

  • Dr Know says:

    Oh and I forgot to add, to the cartoon of the aged Ruskis raging across the border like Asterix’s village heading to the Roman camp, there has to be a banner with Putins face, surrounded by a laurel with words to the effect ‘The Pxxphol of Mariupol’.

  • Andrew Newman says:

    Desperate times.
    Need the elderly to operate the 60 year old equipment being resurrected from storage?

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