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Putin orders to draft 147,000 Russian conscripts by July 15

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a concert at Luzhniki Stadium on 22 February 2023 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: STR / Getty Images)

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to enrol into the army 147,000 conscripts aged between 18 and 27 during the spring draft.

The spring drafting period in Russia will start April 1 and end July 15, according to the statement posted on the Kremlin’s website.

The Russian army is partially conscription-based. Authorities repeatedly said that conscripts would not be sent to fight in Ukraine and only professional recruits will take part in the war. Putin plans to increase the size of Russia’s military to 1.5 million and the draft age will be raised to 21-30 over next few years.

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