Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order to recruit more soldiers to the Russian army, increasing its size by 15%. Approximately 170,000 additional soldiers will be recruited, adding to the total force of 1,320,000.
The Russian Defense Ministry has stated that this move is a response to both direct and indirect threats to Russia, ensuring the safety of the nation and its people. The decision is seen as a precaution against the expansion of NATO.
In Russia-Ukraine Conflict, the Russian Army has reportedly suffered heavy casualties over the past year and a half. The Defense Ministry, in a statement on the Kremlin’s website, clarified that the recruitment drive would be carried out voluntarily, with individuals expressing their willingness to join the Russian army rather than against their will.
Expressing concerns about the growing joint armed forces of NATO approaching Russia’s borders, the Russian government sees this as a direct threat and a significant factor in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Defense Ministry highlighted NATO’s recent expansion into Finland, which shares a long border with Russia. Additionally, there are reports that Sweden may also become part of NATO forces.
The move to increase troop numbers reflects Russia’s strategic response to perceived security challenges, with the emphasis on countering NATO’s expansion and safeguarding its borders.
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