By expanding the draft age, the Russian Federation plans to increase the recruitment into the army for the war with Ukraine – British intelligence
About this in daily review reported by the UK Department of Defense.
As noted, on March 13, 2023, deputies of the Russian State Duma submitted for consideration a bill to change the age for conscription for military service of men to 21-30 years from the current 18-27 years. The law is likely to be adopted and enter into force in January 2024.
Since Soviet times, Russia has continued to conduct military conscription twice a year. These are distinct from the exclusive “partial mobilization” of reservists from September 2022.
British intelligence indicates that Russia continues to officially ban conscripts from participating in the war against Ukraine, although at least hundreds are likely to have served through administrative confusion or after being forced to sign contracts.
“Many men aged 18-21 are currently applying for exemption from conscription in connection with higher education. The authorities are likely changing the age category to increase the number of troops, ensuring that students are eventually forced into service. Even if Russia continues to refrain from participating in the war of conscripts, additional conscripts will free up a large part of the professional soldiers to participate in hostilities,” the review says.
On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.
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