Given the numerous casualties of his army, Putin aims to recruit 147,000 young people for the war with Ukraine

The decree, published on the Russian government’s legal information portal, establishes that Russians between the ages of 18 and 27 will be summoned (AP Photo, File)

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Thursday a decree for the military conscription of 147,000 Russians from April 1 to next July 15.

The decree, published on the Russian Government’s legal information portal, establishes that Russians will be summoned among the 18 and 27 years old.

In addition, it also provides for the termination of the military service contracts of the military whose time of service has concluded.

This appeal summons 12,500 more people than in 2022when the recruitment of 134,500 people was announced.

It would be the last call to service with these ages, since the Legislature is currently processing a bill that raises the minimum and maximum age for compulsory military service in Russia from the current 18 and 27 years to 21 and 30 years.

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This appeal summons 12,500 more people than in 2022, when the recruitment of 134,500 people was announced (AP Photo, File)

The initiative was proposed at the end of 2022 by the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, and supported by President Vladimir Putin, and came after hundreds of thousands of Russian men of military age left Russia following the mobilization decreed in September 2022 by the head of the Kremlin.

Three months later, a group of deputies headed by the chairman of the Defense and Security Committee, Andrei Kartapolov, proposed raising the upper threshold of military age from 27 to 30 years immediately and increasing the lower one in stages between 2024. and 2026.

If the bill is adopted in both chambers of the Russian Parliament and subsequently signed by Putin, Russian recruits will have from 19 to 30 years of age from January 1, 2024, from 20 to 30 years in 2025, and from 21 in 2026. years to 30 years.

Nevertheless, Those who wish may do military service from the age of 18.

In addition, men between the ages of 27 and 30 may provide the service, if they have not done so under current law, if they present the corresponding request.

According to a report from The Washington Postpreparing for a long fight, the Kremlin is trying to enroll up to 400,000 soldiers hired this year to replenish their ranks, according to people familiar with the planning who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters that are not public.

The ambitious recruitment campaign would allow the Kremlin to avoid another forced mobilization of reservists as it intensifies the campaign to re-elect President Vladimir Putin later this year, the people said. Last fall’s call shook public confidence and sparked a exodus of up to a million Russians from the country.

(With information from EFE)

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