From this Monday (April 1st), as always in the spring, Russia will draft around 150,000 conscripts for basic military service. A corresponding decree from Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin was published in Moscow on Sunday. The Russian Defense Ministry had previously announced that the soldiers would be regularly called up for twelve months of basic military service, but would not be deployed in the war zone in Ukraine.

According to the decree, 150,000 soldiers between the ages of 18 and 30 will be drafted by July 15. In Russia, such regular convocations take place twice a year – in spring and autumn.

The Ministry of Defense in Moscow also published the document, which also provides for the dismissal of those who have completed basic military service. The trained soldiers can also undertake military service in Ukraine. Observers assume that there is great pressure within the force to sign such a contract.

Russia has been waging its war of aggression against Ukraine for more than two years and, given the high losses, is increasingly dependent on new personnel there.