Putin indicators decree boosting Russia’s troop numbers by 15 p.c | EUROtoday

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday boosting troop numbers by 15 p.c, in a transfer the military mentioned was because of “threats” related to the Ukraine offensive.

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The transfer comes as each Ukraine and Russia search to realize floor and replenish their ranks within the battle, whose entrance traces have barely moved in current months.

“The increase in the full-time strength of the army is due to growing threats to our country linked with the special military operation and the continuing expansion of NATO,” the military mentioned.

It mentioned the variety of serving military troopers would enhance by some 170,000 individuals, and that this was an “adequate” response to the “aggressive activity of the NATO bloc”.

It added that it didn’t plan adjustments to conscription or one other mobilisation drive – an unpopular measure that brought about an exodus of males out of Russia final yr.

Instead, the military has in current months turned to recruitment drives, promising enticing monetary rewards, particularly in far-flung areas.

But Kremlin critics say this quantities to a “hidden” mobilisation, and that males have continued to be sporadically drafted into the military.