Putin orders to increase Russian army by 170,000 troops
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that provides for an increase in the Russian army by 170,000 people
This was reported by the Russian propaganda media.
This will bring the total number of the Russian Armed Forces to 1 million, 320, 000 people. The increase in the number of soldiers will be carried out in stages and, above all, by signing contracts.
Propagandists explain this decision by "increasing threats to Russia due to NATO expansion." Moreover, additional forces will be deployed in Russia.
Earlier, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that more than 452,000 Russians signed contracts with the Russian army over the past year. The contractors were recruited in Moscow, Chechnya and the temporarily occupied Sevastopol.