The Russian parliament passes a bill to abolish the age limit for military service

The Russian parliament passes a bill on abolishing the age limit for military service - photo 1.

The Russian Navy during a military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II in Moscow’s Red Square, May 9 – Photo: REUTERS

After approval by the National Assembly, the bill will be submitted to Russian President Putin for signature.

Russia’s lower house of parliament (State Duma) said the move would allow the military to use the skills of older professionals.

“We need highly qualified specialists to use high-precision weapons, to operate weapons and military equipment. Experience has shown that such people are in the 40-45 age group,” the Reuters news agency quoted the Duma newspaper as saying.

Previously, the draft age for Russians was 18-40 and for foreigners 18-30.

The Duma said the bill would also make it easier to recruit civilian health workers, engineers and communications professionals.

According to Reuters news agency, Russia suffered the loss of people and equipment during the nearly 90-day war in Ukraine. Western military analysts say Russia urgently needs to mobilize more troops.

“We need to strengthen our armed forces to help the Defense Ministry. Our supreme commander (Putin) is doing everything to lead the army to victory and increase efficiency,” said the head of the State Duma, known as Russia expert Vyacheslav Volodin.

The Duma said the proposed initiative will also make it easier to recruit civilian health workers, engineers and operations and communications professionals.

Earlier on May 24, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow “will continue its special military operation until all its objectives are achieved,” referring to hostilities in Ukraine.