“Russia is proposing a draft legislation to raise the age of military contract personnel, including those that were recruited before June 2023, to age 65 and age 70 for officers,” the agency stated. “This would substantially raise the current age limit of 51 for non-officers and would likely extend the contract length.”
It’s uncertain how much the additional “dad’s army” would help Moscow, but it could be significant. Nearly one-third of the country’s population is older than 55.
“The pre-war 2021 life expectancy for Russian males was 64.2 years old (according to the World Data Site). Therefore, this measure confers on these service personnel, in effect, a lifetime contact,” the defense ministry noted.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is attempting to up its troop numbers as well. Kyiv is attempting to pass a bill that would drop the minimum age limited for being drafted from 27 to 25.
The highest age for Ukraine troops is 60 for personnel and 65 for officers. However, Ukraine officials have considered removing the upper age limit so they can significantly increase military personnel.
Russia previously changed a policy to allow new personnel at 40.
The U.K. Ministry of Defense stated that a change in age limits for Russia would “alleviate the need for additional mobilization” and make it to where civilians will not be needed for enlistment.
Russia’s attempts to increase troop numbers comes as fears that the Kremlin will expand its attacks.
Countries in Europe have also been urged to ramp up weapon stocks to “war-time levels” as fears that Putin will expand his attack beyond Ukraine’s borders.
Newsweek reports that the three countries plan to build 600 bunkers in order to protect some 210 miles of border with Russia.
“The war in Ukraine has shown that taking back already conquered territories is extremely difficult and comes at great cost of human lives, time and material resources,” Susan Lilleväli, the undersecretary for defense readiness at the Estonian Defense Ministry, said.
Lilleväli made the comments while speaking about the $64.7 million project on Thursday, February 8.
“In addition to equipment, ammunition and manpower, we need physical installations to defend our countries efficiently,” Lilleväli said.
The three small Baltic states have long been expected to be Putin’s next targets if he expands the war beyond Ukraine. Such an attack could spark World War III because of NATO’s agreement to protect one another if one country is attacked.
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