Sergey Shoigu (l), Russia’s Defense Minister, and Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s Chief of General Staff, at a meeting with Russian President Putin.

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In its aggressive war against Ukraine, Russia repeatedly runs up against its military limits. There are already plans to increase the number of soldiers. Now follows the conversion of the army.

Moscow – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced a restructuring of the Russian military to implement the increase in troop levels demanded by the Kremlin. Only through structural changes in the armed forces is it possible to ensure Russia’s security, Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry on Tuesday. In the context of the war in Ukraine, the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, announced shortly before New Year’s Eve that he would increase the number of soldiers from 1.15 to 1.5 million.

According to Schoigu, two large territorial units will be created that combine various branches of arms; the Moscow and Leningrad Military Districts. Independent military units will also be established in the Russian-annexed Ukrainian areas. In addition, Shoigu announced the establishment of an army corps in the northern Russian republic of Karelia. This could be a reaction to the planned NATO membership of the Scandinavian countries Sweden and Finland.

The combat effectiveness of the fleet, air force and missile forces must also be strengthened, Shoigu demanded. Therefore, the renovation of the structures should be completed between 2023 and 2026. Due to the large number of defeats in the aggressive war against Ukraine, the military leadership in Moscow is facing numerous problems and shortcomings that now need to be remedied. dpa

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