Russia wants to recruit retired soldiers for Ukraine war: Reports

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to Kyiv, the British Ministry of Defense said that Russia, which had lost a large number of soldiers in the war, now wanted to return retired soldiers to the army to fight in the Ukraine war.

The UK Ministry of Defense says Russia wants to recall soldiers who retired in 2012 or later.

The ministry also said that Russia was also trying to recruit people from Transnistria, an area unknown to Moldova, in order to increase the number of its troops on the battlefield.

Russia has not yet officially announced how many of its soldiers have been killed during the war since the invasion of Ukraine. However, last week, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president’s office, acknowledged that “Russia has lost a large number of its troops.”

Western leaders say between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers have died in the war so far.

“In response to growing losses, the Russian armed forces are trying to increase the number of troops with the help of personnel discharged from military service since 2012,” the bulletin said.

“Efforts to create a larger military force also include attempts to recruit from the unrecognized Transnistrian region of Moldova,” it added.

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In its latest intelligence update, the Ministry of Defense stated: “In response to growing losses, Russia’s armed forces are trying to increase the number of troops with the help of personnel discharged from military service since 2012.

“Efforts to create a larger military force also include attempts to recruit from the unrecognized Transnistrian region of Moldova.”

The Kremlin has not reported an updated death toll since March 25, when its defense ministry said 1,351 of its soldiers had been killed in the fighting.

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