The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Russia is seeking ways to restore troop numbers.
Russia’s military registration and enlistment offices have redoubled feats to “solve the problem of replenishing its units with human resources,” the Ukrainian military posted in a Facebook post on Thursday.
According to Ukraine, Russian recruiters are now conscripting those who have been discharged from military service since 2012, particularly drivers, mechanics, reconnaissance specialists and junior commanders.
Furthermore, Ukraine speculates Russia is looking to sign up Russian passport holders in the Transnistria region of Moldova, home to a separatist movement.
CNN reports that a small Russian military contingent has been based in Transnistria since the early 1990s, but the region shares no borders with Russia and it is doubtful how it could provide recruits to the Russian military in significant numbers.