Russia’s parliament has passed a law scrapping an upper age limit for people signing up to join the army, in a sign Moscow may be looking to recruit more troops for its military campaign in Ukraine.

Under current legislation, Russians aged 18 to 40 and foreign nationals aged 18 to 30 have the right to sign their first military service contract.

The lower and upper houses of parliament backed the bill in all the necessary readings, and it will move to the desk of Russian President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law.

Russia has announced more than 1,000 troop deaths since it invaded Ukraine on February 24. Moscow has described the invasion as a “special military operation” aimed at “denazifying” and “demilitarising” Ukraine and has pledged to continue fighting until its objectives are met.

“We need to strengthen the Armed Forces, help the Defense Ministry”, Parliament’s speaker Viacheslav Volodin was quoted as saying in a statement published on the website of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. “Our Supreme Commander-in-Chief is doing everything to ensure that the army wins and increases its effectiveness,” he added.

Credit: Aljazeera

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