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Russia breaks promise to raise minimum draft age to 18

Russia will keep its minimum conscription age at 18, despite past promises to raise the limit.

A proposed bill, originally supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was set to raise the age limit for conscription from 18-27 to 21-30.

Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Russian Defense Committee, told the press that the bill was amended to raise only the upper age limit to 30, leaving the lower limit at 18.

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Russian lawmakers attend a meeting in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, in Moscow, Russia. (State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, via AP)

“We decided to keep the minimum age at 18, because many young people want to serve at 18,” Kartapulov said.

The bill must now receive a vote of approval from the country’s Federal Council before heading to Putin’s desk to be signed into law. It is expected to pass and be implemented in the 2024 call-up.

The Russian government’s decision to raise the age limit is aimed at addressing a shortage of soldiers in the country’s military.

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The soldiers are marching.

Russian soldiers march to Red Square to participate in a dress rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in Moscow, Russia. The parade will be held on Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 78th anniversary of victory in WWII. (AP Photo)

Wagner Group Rental Leaders Eugenie Prigogne It has announced its intention to withdraw from the conflict after leaving Putin’s government.

In a video released Wednesday, Prigozhin appeared to state that mercenaries would not take part in the invasion of Ukraine, saying, “What is happening today on the front line is a shame that we should not take part in. We can return to special military operations when we are sure that we will not be forced to embarrass ourselves.”

Prigozhin has also been heard saying that the Russian paramilitary group will move on to fight in Africa.

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Members of the Wagner Group inspect a car in a street in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

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Putin offered Wagner’s mercenaries the opportunity to serve under a single commander during a meeting a few days after his June rebel march on Moscow was thwarted.

Source by [Fox News]



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