Vladimir Putin signed a decree for compulsory military service

2023-10-01 21:20:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree for compulsory military service facing the autumn season, which will begin on October 1 in all regions of the country, including those annexed into Ukrainian territory. The call reaches 130 thousand citizensa document posted on the government website showed.

As in previous campaigns, The duration of military service will be one year. All men in the Eurasian country must perform military service for that period of time between the ages of 18 and 27, or equivalent training while pursuing higher education.

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Putin’s move comes as the Russian military continues its “special military operation” in Ukraine, now in its 20th month. However, according to the news agency TASSthe General Staff of the Armed Forces indicated that the recruits They will not be sent to participate in said “special operations” or to “deployment points” in “new regions”in reference to those conquered by Moscow within the framework of the war.

A third of the recruits will be sent to military training units. “Upon completion, according to the skills acquired, they will be incorporated into the troops”said a spokesman for the Russian General Staff, according to the Russian news agency. Interfax.

In the last Russian military recruitment campaign, 147 thousand people registered.

In the last recruitment campaign, which took place during spring, 147 thousand people registered. It is expected that this call will reach 130 thousand recruits, as in the previous ones, because it is the average number of applications. Additionally, the president indicated this month that he was preparing for a long war in Ukraine.

Putin signed a law in August to raise the maximum recruitment age for military service from 27 to 30 years old.. This measure will come into force on January 1, 2024, so the only change in this campaign is the increase in fines for not appearing at the registry office.

Last year, Russia announced plan to increase its professional and conscript combat personnel by more than 30%, up to 1.5 million, an ambitious task that is complicated by the numerous casualties in Ukraine. For its part, Ukraine indicated that it will not rest until the last Russian soldier is expelled from its territory.

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Putin, retired colonel Andrei Troshev and Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-Bek Evkurov participated in the meeting.

Beyond the decree for military service, the Russian president asked a senior official of the Wagner Group to form “volunteer units” to carry out “combat missions” within the framework of the invasion of Ukraineunleashed in February 2022.

The request was transferred on Thursday to the retired colonel Andrei Troshevwhom he proposed in July as the new leader of the Wagner Group to replace Yevgeni Prigozhin, who at the end of June commanded an attempted rebellion and died in a plane crash in August of this year.

“During the last meeting, we talked about the fact that will participate in the formation of volunteer units that can carry out various combat missions mainly, of course, in the zone of the special military operation,” Putin said, as reported this Friday Interfax.

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“You yourself fought in one of these units for more than a year. You know what it’s like, how it’s done. Know the issues that must be resolved in advance for combat work to run as smoothly as possible.“he added at the meeting, in which the Russian Deputy Minister of Defense, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, was also present.

Likewise, he proposed addressing issues related to support programs for volunteers participating in the invasion of Ukraine. “Social guarantees must be the same for everyone. For the country and the homeland there is no difference about the status in which a person fought and defended the homeland.“, held.

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The spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ilia Yevlash, assured on Wednesday that Wagner Group mercenaries returned from Belarus to the occupied areas in which they had a presence on the eastern flank, although he clarified that they do not pose a significant threat.

For his part, the main advisor to the Presidency of Ukraine, Mijailo Podoliak, contradicted the spokesman for the Armed Forces by assuring that “Wagner no longer exists” because this group of mercenaries “ended with the liquidation” of Prigozhin and Dimitri Utkin, who also died in the same plane crash.

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