Russia to expand armed forces by 137,000 soldiers

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to increase the size of the country’s armed forces by 137,000.

The amount of military staff will be increased to 1,150,628 from 1,013,628 as was stipulated in a presidential decree signed in November 2017, Xinhua news agency reported.

The new order will enter into force on January 1, 2023.

The announcement by the Russian president came a day after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine reached its six-month mark.


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