Russian President Vladimir Putin is not backing down any time soon.
Putin recently issued a decree stating that he is increasing the size of the Russian army by 137,000 men.
The increase is decreed to happen by January 2023, Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency reported.
"[T]he standard strength of the Russian armed forces next year will be set at 2,039,758, including 1,150,628 servicemen," TASS relayed after viewing the document.
"According to an established Russian Defense Ministry objective for the period spanning 2019 to 2025, Moscow aims to increase the size of its armed forces by a total of 475,600 by the end of the six-year period," according to Breitbart News.
According to Breitbart, TASS observed the following concerning the size of the Russian military on August 25, writing:
The Defense Ministry has no plans for abolishing conscription. According to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, the number of contract servicemen in the Russian armed forces at the end of 2015 reached 352,000, for the first time exceeding the number of conscript soldiers and sailors (297,000). Also, the Russian army had about 270,000 commissioned officers and ensigns and warrant officers. The Defense Ministry’s plan for 2019-2025 envisages an increase in the number of contract servicemen to 475,600.
"U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns speculated in July that roughly 15,000 Russian servicemen had died in the conflict since February 24 'and maybe three times that [had been] wounded,'" Breitbart reported.
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