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Putin signs decree to increase size of Russian Armed Forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to increase the size of Russia’s armed forces from 1.9 million to 2.04 million as the war in Ukraine enters its seventh month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to increase the size of Russia’s armed forces from 1.9 million to 2.04 million as the war in Ukraine enters its seventh month.
Moscow has not revealed losses in the conflict since its first weeks, but Western officials and the government in Kiev say there are thousands.

The military’s extension includes a 137,000 increase in the number of fighters to 1.15 million. It comes into force on January 1, according to the decree published on the government’s legislative portal.
The last time Putin set the size of the Russian Army was in November 2017, when the number of combatants was set at 1.01 million out of a total armed forces strength, including non-combatants, of 1.9 million.

Russia does not report how many casualties it has suffered in Ukraine since the first weeks of the campaign, when it said 1,351 of its soldiers were killed.

According to Western estimates, the actual number may be at least 10 times higher, while Ukraine says it has killed or wounded at least 45,000 Russian soldiers since the conflict – which Moscow calls a special military operation – began on February 24.
Kiev has also been reluctant to publish information on how many of its soldiers have died in the war, but on Monday the head of Ukraine’s armed forces said nearly 9,000 servicemen have been killed.

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