The problems seem to be running toward Russia at an unusual rate as it battles numerous problems relating to its invasion of Ukraine. This war has revealed a number of weaknesses in the Russian military. Amid rising casualties in Ukraine, Russia is now considering allowing Russians over the age of 40 and foreigners over the age of 30 to sign up and join the Russian military service.

In this new bill, Russia extended their recruitment of soldiers to above 40 and set up their own international legion of fighters as Ukraine did to offset the numbers during the early onset of the war.

“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 said.

“Clearly, the Russians are in trouble. This is the latest attempt to address manpower shortages without alarming their own population. But it is growing increasingly difficult for the Kremlin to disguise their failures in Ukraine,” Retired US General and former commander of US Army Forces in Europe Ben Hodges said.