Putin orders the Russian military to start hiking in 2023



Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed up to a decree today that will increase the size of Russia's armed forces from 1.9 million to 2.04 million as the war has entered its seventh month.



Moscow has not revealed how many losses its military forces have since the first week, but western officials and the Ukrainian government say that the number may range in thousands.

This increase will also include a 137,000 boost in combat personnel to 1.15 million. It will come into effect on January 1, 2023, to a decree published on the government portal.

The last time the Russian President fixed the size of the Russian army was in November 2017; at that time, the number of combat personnel was set at 1.01 million from the total armed forces headcount, including non-combatants of 1.9 million.



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