British Defense Ministry: Russia Likely Preparing for Wider Conscription
By VOA News March 18, 2023
Russia is "likely" gearing up to cast a wider net to increase its military forces, according to the British Defense Ministry's daily Intelligence update on Ukraine.
Earlier in the week, the report says, Russian Duma deputies introduced a bill changing the age requirement for conscription to men 21 years of age to 30 years. Currently, the age bracket is 18 to 27.
The law will "likely" pass, the ministry said, and would go into effect in January. "Russia continues to officially bar conscripts from operations in Ukraine, though at least hundreds have probably served through administrative mix ups or after being coerced to sign contracts," the ministry said in the update.
The report said many 18- to 21-year-old men are claiming exemptions to continue their education.
The International Monetary Fund said Friday its executive board has approved changes to its financing policy aimed at countries facing "exceptionally high uncertainty."
The measure is widely viewed as a way to open a new loan program for Ukraine as it enters the second year of fighting back a Russian invasion.
The IMF said in a statement, "The changes apply in situations of exceptionally high uncertainty, involving exogenous shocks that are beyond the control of country authorities and the reach of their economic policies, and which generate larger than usual tail risks."
Meanwhile, Florida-based app developer and sleep research company DreamApp recently conducted a sleep quality research study on 745 Ukrainians and how the Russian invasion has affected their sleep, dreams and mental health.
A little more than 82% of the participants said they remembered their dreams, which is an indication, DreamApp said, of "superficial sleep that does not provide a full rest."
"When the brain does not receive enough sleep, traumatic experiences cannot be processed adequately, causing further strain on mental health," according to Jesse Lyon, DreamApp's chief dream scientist. "It effectively traps these experiences in the brain causing a state of constant tension and heightened fight-or-flight response."
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