Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to increase the size of the Russian army next year – from 1.9 million to 2.04 million people, according to Reuters.
The increase in the number of military personnel will include an additional 137,000. combat personnel (up to 1.15 million). The decree will enter into force on January 1, 2023.
As the media reports, the last such situation, when Putin determined the size of the army, occurred in November 2017, when the number of fighters was set at 1.01 million people.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army: The Russians lost about 45,000. Soldiers
Meanwhile, from those who gave a few days ago Data of the Ukrainian General Staff show that as of February 24, the Russians lost 44.9 thousand at the front. Soldiers.The Russian invasion of Ukraine lasted for the seventh month and turned into the largest armed conflict in Europe since the end of World War II.
Last Saturday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the Russians had already lost 44,900 soldiers, and in the past 24 hours – 200. It is not possible to verify this data – the Russian side did not provide information about the losses incurred during the fighting in Ukraine for months.
However, if this number is correct, it means that the Russians lost nearly three times more soldiers in Ukraine than in the 10-year Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, in which fewer than 15,000 soldiers were killed. Soldiers.
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