- Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a law allowing Russia to recruit older soldiers.
- An upper age limit of 40 years was scrapped, leaving no formal maximum age for enlistment.
- The movement followed rising casualties in Russia’s three-month-old invasion of Ukraine.
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Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a law that removes an upper age limit for the Russian military, meaning more than 40 can now serve.
The law was passed just over three months after Russia invaded Ukraine, amid huge Russian losses that are said to limit the country’s ability to fight.
The invasion, which Putin and his inner circle expected would be swift and decisive, instead proved to be protracted and deadly for Russia.
The new law has no specific upper age limit, allowing anyone in “normal working age” to fight, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
The proposal was passed by Russian lawmakers earlier this week and Putin’s signature means the measure is now a law.
Lawmakers arguing for removing the age limit said it would help recruit specialist troops such as doctors and engineers.
British intelligence officials recently said Russia’s losses have caused serious problems for the country’s invasion, which now focuses on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
In an update, they said there were staffing issues forced Russia to rely on mercenaries and irregular forces as militants from Chechnya rather than its main army.
In another, they predicted that the commanders would rush exhausted troops back into battle after conquering Mariupol without resting properly or re-equipping them, which is likely to lead to more deaths.
Ukraine has long accepted older fighters in its military. As part of its general mobilization when the invasion began, the country forbade all men aged 18 to 60 to go out if they were to fight.
After weeks of apparent stasis in the attacks on the Donbas, Ukrainian officials in recent days admitted that Russia is gaining ground.
Putin signs a law that lifts the military age limit in Russia and allows over 40 to participate and fight in Ukraine
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