Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree setting out the routine spring conscription campaign, calling 147,000 citizens up for statutory military service, Tass news agency said on Thursday.
Last September Putin signed an order calling up 120,000 people for the autumn campaign. At the time, Tass quoted the defence ministry as saying the conscription was not in any way related to the special military operation, Russia’s official term for the war in Ukraine.
All men in Russia are required to carry out a year’s military service between the ages of 18 and 27, or equivalent training while in higher education.
The Russian authorities plan to raise the draft age in 2024. The State Duma is considering a bill that would raise the maximum age for draft eligibility to 30, and the minimum age to 21.
On average, in recent years, around 130,000 people have been called up in each of the spring and autumn campaigns, Tass said.
At the same time, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Andrei Kartapolov said that those drafted into the army during the spring draft campaign will not be sent to serve in the so-called new subjects of the Russian Federation – that is, the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the Russian authorities are preparing to launch a major campaign to recruit an additional 400,000 troops.
Later it became known that in at least 40 regions of Russia military registration and enlistment offices began to massively distribute summons allegedly to verify information about men.
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