Russia Scraps Military Age Limit

Russia’s parliament has passed a law scrapping an upper age limit for contractual military service amid heavy casualties in Ukraine.

Under current legislation, Russians aged 18 to 40 and foreign nationals aged 18 to 30 have the right to sign their first military service contract.

State Duma lower house lawmakers have approved the bill in three readings in a single session.

“Today, especially, we need to strengthen the armed forces and help the Ministry of Defence. Our Supreme Commander is doing everything to ensure that our armed forces win, and we need to help,” said State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

According to Al Jazeera, Andrey Kartapolov, co-author of the bill and head of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, said that the rationale behind it was to make it possible to attract ‘highly professional specialists’ for the use of high-precision weapons.

The military age bill now needs only the signature of President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law.

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