In a seemingly desperate attempt to reinforce the country's depleted armed forces, Russian lawmakers will consider a bill to allow Russians over 40 and foreigners over 30 to join the military.
Currently, only Russians aged 18-40 and foreigners aged 18-30 are allowed to enlist in the military. Russia's State Duma said on its website that the policy change would allow the country to benefit from the skills of older people, according to a report.
MILLEY SPEAKS TO RUSSIAN COUNTERPART FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WAR IN UKRAINE BEGAN
"For the use of high-precision weapons, the operation of weapons and military equipment, highly professional specialists are needed. Experience shows that they become such by the age of 40–45," the State Duma's website said, according to Reuters.
It added that the bill would also enhance the country's ability to recruit civilian medics, engineers, and operations and communications specialists.
Russia is considering the military age requirement change at a time when it is suffering mounting losses on the battlefield in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian resistance has "inflicted costly personnel losses amongst Russian forces," the British Defense Ministry said this week, leading to the deployment of thousands of Chechen troops and volunteer fighters into Ukraine.
Russia has lost roughly a third of its ground troops in Ukraine to injury or death, according to the United Kingdom.
Ukrainian fighters have also reportedly killed several high-ranking Russian officers since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, thinning out military leadership.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
In recent weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired senior commanders for failures in Ukraine, according to the British Defense Ministry.
The General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said on Friday that 28,700 Russian soldiers have been killed since the invasion.