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Troops called up for mandatory service in spring will not serve in new Russian territories bordering Ukraine, he said

Conscripts called up for compulsory military service in April will not be sent to any of the new Russian territories bordering Ukraine, the head of the State Duma Defense Committee announced on Wednesday.

Andrey Kartapolov added that there will be no statute of limitations in the near future in the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, or in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, which became part of Russia at the end of September.

“The reasons are clear” the MP told reporters. “There is a special military operation going on there, they have no business there. When the situation is normal, we will then come back to the question of the possibility of prescription from these regions. »

Kartapolov’s comments followed rumors that Russian description centers were preparing for a second wave of mobilization to deploy new troops to the conflict zone in Ukraine.

These rumors have been repeatedly dismissed by a number of senior government officials, with Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin describing them as “purely the work of the enemy”. He explained that the military commissariats were making routine preparations for the upcoming spring annual contract.

In an interview with Interfax, Kartapolov also spoke about the planned increase in military age in Russia. He said the recently presented bill on gradually increasing the statute of limitations would not be implemented in the spring because the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, does not plan to consider the bill until after April 17.

The bill was introduced earlier this month and proposes to raise the minimum and maximum prescription ages in Russia. Currently, able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 27 must perform compulsory military service. However, according to the bill, this range would increase over several years, reaching 21 to 30 in 2026.

The idea of ​​increasing the signing age was proposed by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in December. While reporting for President Vladimir Putin, he also suggested increasing the strength of Russia’s standing army to 1.5 million, citing the threat posed by NATO in Europe.

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