Russia Moves To Drop Age Limit For Military Service

The New York Times reports:

Russia is moving toward eliminating age limits for military service — an apparent effort to expand the pool of potential recruits amid heavy casualties in Ukraine.

Under an amendment introduced by senior lawmakers, Russians older than 40 would be able to sign first-time military service contracts. The law would bring in more service members with in-demand specialties, such as medical workers and engineers, a statement from the lower house of Parliament said on Friday.

“Highly professional specialists are needed” to operate military equipment, the statement said, making no mention of a manpower shortage in the field. But experts say Russia is suffering from a manpower shortage as it takes losses in Ukraine.

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