Russia To Expand Military To 1.5 Million Troops

Russian President Vladimir Putin partcipates in a meeting with mothers of Russia's servicemen participating in the military operation in Ukraine, ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on November 25, 2022. - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets a group of military mothers and wives for the first time since ordering Russian forces into Ukraine nine months ago. Mothers and wives of soldiers mobilised to fight in Ukraine, demanding urgently that the military make good on promises made by President Vladimir Putin. (Photo by Mikhail Metzel / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Russia will create new commands near Europe as it expands its military to 1.5 million people amid deepening tensions with the US and its allies over the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • New structures in the regions around Moscow, St. Petersburg and Karelia on the border with Finland will be created under the program,
  • Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told commanders Tuesday, saying the major changes will start this year and continue through 2026. In addition, he said, “self-sufficient” units will be set up on the Ukrainian territories that Russia has illegally annexed.

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