After an initial general mobilization, Putin is considering a second mobilization in the spring to send more soldiers to Ukraine. According to an intelligence update from the Ministry of Defense in London, the Kremlin could raise the maximum age for conscripted men from 27 to 30. The goal: to realize the planned expansion of the armed forces by 30 percent without renewed partial mobilization.
In Russia, generally all men between the ages of 18 and 27 are conscripted. However, only a portion of this age group are ever called up for the one-year service.
“Less alarming for the population”
“There is a reasonable possibility that the Russian leadership hopes that changing the age criteria for routine conscription would increase available manpower and appear less alarming to the population than another round of an unpopular ‘partial mobilization process’,” the military experts said. .
The British Ministry of Defense publishes daily information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian offensive war against Ukraine in late February, citing information from intelligence services. With this, the British government wants to both counter the Russian image and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign.
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