Battered Russians Turn To Dad’s Army With Ukrainians Making Light Work Of Young Guns

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Russia’s urgent need to bolster its war effort in Ukraine has prompted a bill by politicians on Friday to allow over 40 and foreigners over 30 to sign up for the military.

Reuters reports that the country’s State Duma, the parliament’s lower house, said it would enable the military to utilise the skills of older professionals.

For the use of high-precision weapons, the operation of weapons and military equipment, highly professional specialists are needed. Experience shows that they become such by the age of 40–45,” it wrote.

Presently, only Russians aged 18-40 and foreigners aged 18-30 can enter into a first contract with the military.

Russia’s inept military options has seen huge setbacks and heavy losses of soldiers and equipment in the 86-day-old war, in which Ukraine has mobilised practically its entire adult male population.

Clearly, the Russians are in trouble. This is the latest attempt to address manpower shortages without alarming their own population. But it is growing increasingly difficult for the Kremlin to disguise their failures in Ukraine,” said retired U.S. General Ben Hodges, a former commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe.

The Duma said the proposed legislation would also make it easier to recruit civilian medics, engineers and operations and communications specialists.