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Russian lawmakers passed legislation eliminating the current age limit for serving in the military on Wednesday.
Russian military service was previously limited to people between the ages of 18 and 40, but new legislation removes the cap. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not sign the legislation into law.
“Today, in particular, we need to strengthen the Armed Forces and help the Ministry of Defense. Our Supreme Commander is doing everything to ensure the victory of our armed forces, and we need help,” State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said in a statement.
The Russian army has suffered heavy losses since the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February. It is estimated that the country’s army lost 15,000 soldiers, with up to 35,000 more wounded, According to the British Foreign Office.
Russia’s war in Ukraine has bogged down in recent weeks, as Putin withdrew his forces from the periphery of the capital Kyiv and focused on the east.
The British Ministry of Defense also reported that Russia Many senior military leaders dismissed For poor performance in the invasion of Ukraine.
“Many officials involved in the invasion of Ukraine are likely to be increasingly distracted by efforts to avoid personal responsibility for Russia’s operational setbacks,” the ministry said. “It will be difficult for Russia to regain the initiative under these conditions.”
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