The Pentagon questioned the success of Russia's attempts to increase the size of the armed forces

The Pentagon questioned the success of Russia's attempts to increase the size of the armed forces

The Pentagon doubted the success of Russia's attempts to increase the size of the armed forces

  The Pentagon questioned the success of Russia's attempts to increase the size of the armed forces

President Putin issued a decree to increase the number of forces

Russia is desperately trying to replenish the ranks of its military, which has dwindled due to unsuccessful actions in the unprovoked war with Ukraine.

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This was stated by a high-ranking employee of the Ministry of Defense, who wished to remain anonymous.

Russia wants to increase the size of its armed forces by 137 thousand people – up to 1.15 million. U.S. officials estimate that Russia has lost between 60,000 and 80,000 troops in the war with Ukraine.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree to increase the size of the armed forces, which will take effect from January 2023 .

“These efforts are unlikely to succeed, because historically Russia has not reached the targets in terms of the number of personnel,” the Pentagon official said. “In fact, if you look at the Russian armed forces before the invasion, they may already have missed the 150,000 target of a million people.”

The Russian leadership has already begun to take steps to increase military recruitment.

“They have already partially done this by removing the upper age limit for recruits, and also by recruiting prisoners,” she said. “It appears that many of these new recruits are older, unfit, and ill-trained.”

All this leads Pentagon officials to believe that “any additional recruitment that Russia can organize by the end of year, in fact, will not lead to an increase in the overall combat power of Russia, ”said an employee of the military department.