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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on Friday ordering a 15% increase in the number of soldiers in the Russian army, which explained this increase by “the increase in threats” linked to the conflict in Ukraine.
The army must have 2.2 million members, including 1.32 million soldiers, according to this decree published by the government. The previous decree, dating from August 2022, set the number of planned members at 2 million, including 1.15 million military personnel.
Concretely , excluding civilian personnel, this represents an increase of 169,372 military personnel, or almost 15% of the currently established combat force.
The Russian Ministry of Defense, as soon as this decree was announced, published a press release explaining this increase.
The increase in the number of armed forces is due to an increase in threats aimed at our country and related to the conduct of the special military operation [in Ukraine] and the further expansion of the country. ;NATO.
A quote from Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
A strengthening of the Alliance's combined armed forces near Russia's borders and the deployment of additional air defense assets and strike weapons are underway, he assured.
The ministry, however, indicated that this increase in its personnel will be done in stages, on the basis of voluntary commitments, and that no [military] mobilization ] is not planned.
Young Russian servicemen involved in a military campaign in Ukraine during a religious service at the main cathedral of the Russian armed forces near Moscow in spring 2023. (Archive photo)
In September 2022, faced with serious difficulties on the front, Russia ordered a military mobilization, pushing for hundreds of thousands of young men fled the country to avoid forced recruitment and causing discontent.
Since then, the front has stabilized and the Russian authorities favor recruitment on a voluntary basis, promising high salaries and social benefits to those who decide to enlist.