As a sign of Russia’s urgent need to intensify its war efforts in Ukraine, parliament on Friday said it would consider a bill to allow Russians over 40 and foreigners over 30 to sign up for the military.
The move will enable the military to harness the skills of older professionals, according to the State Dumar website, the lower house of parliament.
“The use of high-precision weapons, handling weapons and military equipment, requires highly professional specialists. Experience shows that they become such at the age of 40-45,” it says.
Previously, only 18-40 year old Russians and 18-30 year old foreigners could enter into the first agreement with the military.
Russia has suffered heavy casualties in the 86-day-old war and has suffered massive loss of manpower and equipment, with Western military analysts saying it urgently needs to raise more troops.
The Duma said the planned initiative would make it easier to hire civilian doctors, engineers and operations and communications specialists.
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