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Russia-Ukraine War Latest Updates and Major Developments: Russia Removes Age Limits to Join the Army to Expand Recruitment

Moscow, May 25: Russian lawmakers have passed a bill to lift the age limit for professional soldiers in the military, which could be a way for Russian troops to expand their recruitment.

The House of Representatives of the Russian Parliament passed a bill on all three readings on Wednesday, abolishing the 40-year-old limit for Russians to sign their first voluntary military contract. Russia-Ukraine War Updates: Siemens “withdraws” the Russian market as a result of the Ukraine War.

Andrey Cartaporoff, chairman of the Parliamentary Defense Commission, said the measure would facilitate the hiring of people with “high-demand specialties.” The bill’s explanation on the Congressional website showed that older recruits may be suitable for manipulating precision weapons and playing engineering and medical roles.

Russian officials have stated that only volunteer contract soldiers have been dispatched to fight in Ukraine, but admits that early conscription was mistakenly done.

In recent years, the Russian army has become increasingly dependent on volunteers. All Russian men between the ages of 18 and 27 must be forced into military service for one year. Many avoid drafting through college postponements and other exemptions.

Major developments in the Russian-Ukraine war:

— War scars seem to be everywhere in Ukraine three months later

— Save the Children: War approaches towns in eastern Ukraine

— Sweden, Finland delegation goes to Turkey for NATO talks

— The United States ends its ability to pay Russian international investors

— UK approves sale of Chelsea football club by licensed Abramovich

Other developments:

Warsaw: Leaders of the Polish Catholic Church concluded that a recent visit to the Ukrainian mass slaughter scene did not teach humans lessons from previous deadly wars, but merely improved the killing method. I am saying.

Archbishop Stanislav Gadeck, head of the Episcopal Conference in Poland, said last week when he prayed for a mass grave found after Russian troops left the town of Bucha, “human civilization is actually making significant progress. I had a sad idea that I didn’t. ” problem”.

“Given the current level of civilization, we’ve heard so many proclamations and spells over the last few decades that such crimes are no longer possible, but killing people has never happened before. It turned out to be just as possible, “Gadek said in an interview with Poland, Catholic News Agency KAI, published this week.

“There is no humanitarian progress in the world, except for the technological advances that enable massive murders,” he said.

Davos: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that his country will not abandon its land in exchange for the end of the war after Russia’s invasion. Mr. Zelensky spoke on a video link at the “Breakfast in Ukraine” at the World Economic Forum rally in Davos on Wednesday, and Russian President Vladimir Zelenski has a complete understanding of what is happening in Ukraine. He said he didn’t think.

In response to a question from CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about whether it is possible to negotiate the end of the conflict, Zelensky said through an interpreter: We are fighting in our land, in our country. “

He added that war is being fought “for our land, for our freedom, for our independence, and for our future.”

As a first step towards diplomatic negotiations, Mr Zelensky needs to show Russia’s desire to participate in the negotiations, and when the invasion begins, “withdraw troops and equipment to that position by at least February 24. I need to show something like a procedure. “

Moscow: Russian troops say they destroyed the production facilities of a major Ukrainian manufacturer of aircraft engines. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that the military used long-range air-launched missiles to destroy the Motor Sich plant in Zaporizhia.

Motor Sich has been a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines since the Soviet era. Specializing in helicopter engines, it was also used to equip Russian helicopters after Russia merged Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and before supply was cut off.

Copenhagen: The Political Forum for Intergovernmental Cooperation around the Baltic Sea states that relations with Russia “will continue to be cut until cooperation under the basic principles of international law is possible again.”

The Council of the Baltic Seas said on Wednesday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “has a long-term adverse effect on the security of the region, which is (and) completely incompatible with the model of cooperation in international relations in the Baltic region.”

The CBSS includes countries around the Baltic Sea, as well as Iceland, Norway, and the European Union. Russia was suspended in March last year.

Meanwhile, Moscow said it would leave the group as EU and NATO members were trying to use CBSS as a “means for anti-Russian policy.”

Moscow: Russian troops say Mariupol’s major Ukrainian port is functioning again after three months of combat. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that the military had cleared the mine harbor and is now fully functional.

After the last Ukrainian defenders of the giant Azovstal Iron and Steel laid down their weapons, Russian troops ruled Mariupol, the strategic port of the Sea of ​​Azov.

POKROVSK (Ukraine): Russian strikes have hit Pokrovsk, a town in eastern Ukraine in the Donetsk region, causing at least some injuries. Ruslan Trebschkin, head of the Pokrovsk administration, said in a Facebook post that the number of victims and injuries from the strike early Wednesday is still under evaluation.

A single attack left a crater at least 3 meters deep, and what looked like a rocket was still smoldering. The rows of low terraced houses near the strike were severely damaged, with roof tiles blown off, door frames torn from the walls, and concrete pieces scattered around.

“There is no place to live. Everything has been destroyed,” said Viktoria Kurbonova, two mothers who lived in one of the terraced houses. The windows were blown off by a strike about a month ago and replaced with plastic sheets. She said it probably saved their lives because the glass didn’t fly around.

London: British military officials say Ukraine’s land export routes are “very unlikely” to offset the problems caused by Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea’s port of Odessa. And it will put more pressure on global grain prices.

The British Ministry of Defense said in a statement posted Wednesday morning that no “significant” merchant has entered or exited Odessa since the invasion of Russia began.

The ministry says the blockade and lack of land routes mean that large amounts of grain remain in storage and cannot be exported.

“The threat of Russia’s naval blockade continues to block commercial access to Ukrainian ports, but the resulting supply shortages will further increase prices for many key products,” the ministry said. rice field.

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