In order to add more men to the army, Russia will now consider volunteers war veterans

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Given the difficulty that the Kremlin has to recruit, the measure seeks that those who join the Russian forces can enjoy some benefits such as subsidies

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In order to add more men to the army, Russia will now consider volunteers war veterans

Russian marines take part in the Seaborne Assault 2022 international competition as part of the International Army Games, at the Khmelevka shooting range in the Kaliningrad region, Russia, August 17, 2022 (REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar)

The Duma or Chamber of Deputies of Russia today approved a law granting war veteran status to volunteers participating in the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.

Anyone who has fought since last February 24 in the annexed people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as part of a volunteer battalion will be considered a war veteran, says the law.

The measure seeks to get more people to join the army and participate in the invasion of Ukraine. Russia has had trouble recruiting personnel for the war; many men have preferred to flee the country rather than join the Russian forces.

Those who participate in the “special military operation” in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions since the September 30, the date of the illegal annexation of these four Ukrainian territories.

“It is a fair decision. Volunteers and members of their families, as well as the military of the Russian Federation, will be able to take advantage of the subsidies and social assistance measures provided for by law,” said Viacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the lower house of the Russian Parliament.< /p>

Recently, another law passed by the Duma authorized President Vladimir Putin to order the Ministry of Defense to create volunteer battalions, who must sign the corresponding contracts.

In order to add more men to the army, Russia will now consider war veterans to the volunteers

Russian marines take part in the Seaborne Assault 2022 international competition as part of the International Army Games, at the Khmelevka shooting range in the Kaliningrad region, Russia, August 17, 2022 (REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar)

The law specifies that these volunteers will carry out the missions entrusted to them by the Armed Forces in times of war or martial law, during the mobilization process, in the event of a military conflict, anti-terrorist operation or sending troops abroad.

Faced with the acute lack of men in the ranks of the Russian Army fighting in Ukraine, almost all regions of this country formed volunteer units, according to the independent press, by order of the Kremlin.

However, their participation hardly affected the situation on the ground, as has happened so far with the mobilization of 300,000 reservists ordered by the president.

Both volunteers and mobilized have complained about the lack of equipment, the absence of military training and poor maintenance conditions.

In fact, the Russian Army today began its withdrawal from northern Kherson, including the regional capital, after acknowledging their inability to defend their positions in the face of numerical superiority of the enemy, the third withdrawal in the east and south of Ukraine in the last two months.

In March, Putin granted the status of war veteran to all soldiers fighting in Ukraine and in July extended it to civilians, from mechanics to doctors or drivers, who participate in the military operation.

< p class="paragraph">On the other hand, Russia's announcement of its withdrawal from Kherson and the possible pause in fighting during the winter, could give both countries an opportunity to negotiate peace, assured on Wednesday the General of the Army Mark Milley, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In order to add more men to the army, Russia will now consider volunteers war veterans

Wednesday photo of a Ukrainian forces attack in the Kherson region Nov 9, 2022. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi

He noted that some 40,000 Ukrainian civilians and “much more” than 100,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded during the nine months of conflict. “It's probably the same on the Ukrainian side,” Milley added.

“There's been a tremendous amount of pain, human suffering,” he told The Economic Club of New York.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that he was open to peace talks with Russia to end the war, but only on the condition that Moscow return all occupied Ukrainian territories, provide compensation for war damages and be prosecuted for war crimes.

Zelensky has warned that the Russians are simulating a withdrawal from Kherson to lure Ukrainian forces into trench warfare in the port city, which is the gateway to the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Milley, the highest-ranking US military officer, noted that Russia has between 20,000 and 30,000 elements in Kherson and that a full withdrawal could take several weeks.

“Initial indicators are that they are indeed doing so. They made the public announcement that they will. I think they are doing it to preserve their forces to reestablish defensive lines south of the river (Dnieper), but that remains to be seen,” he said.

Milley left open the possibility that Russia would use withdrawal to re-establish its forces for a spring offensive, but “there is also an opportunity here, an opportunity to negotiate.”

But for negotiations to have a chance, both Russia The US and Ukraine would have to come to a “mutual admission” that a victory “may not be possible by military means, and therefore other means have to be resorted to,” said Miley, citing World War I as an example.

(With information from EFE and AP)