< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Vladimir Putin's decree comes as the Russian army has been carrying out a very costly offensive in human and material terms in Ukraine for more than six months.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed Thursday a decree ordering to increase the number of military personnel in the army by 10%, in the midst of an offensive against Ukraine and amid growing tensions with Western countries.
According to the decree issued by the government, the army will have to have 2 million members, including 1.15 million soldiers, compared to 1.9 million in 2017, when there were just over 1 million. fighters.
The decree will come into effect on January 1st.
In concrete terms, without counting civilian personnel, this represents an increase of 137,000 military personnel , more than a tenth of the current combat strength.
This measure, the reasons for which are not explained in the decree, comes as the Russian army has been carrying out an offensive in Ukraine for more than six months, which is very costly in human and material terms.
The Russian army will have to have two million members, President Vladimir Putin has ordered. (Archives)
After failing to take kyiv at the start of the intervention, Moscow's forces are now concentrating their efforts in the east and south of the east. x27;Ukraine, where the fronts have moved little in recent weeks.
Until now, the Kremlin has refrained from carrying out a general mobilization, a measure feared by a large number of Russians.
The increase in the number of Russian military personnel comes as relations between Moscow and Western countries are going through a crisis of an unprecedented scale since the end of the cold war.