c994d02922b4f232d0dcff70499775a7084fa52a Vladimir Putin intends to increase combat personnels in Russia's armed forces to 1.5 million.
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Vladimir Putin intends to increase combat personnels in Russia's armed forces to 1.5 million.

Mikhail Kuravlev/Kremlin/Reuters

Vladimir Putin made a commitment to continue building up Russia's military capability and equipping the armed forces with all the necessary equipment for their operation in Ukraine during a meeting with senior military commanders on December 21.

In light of the attack against Ukraine and the conflict with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Wednesday that he will continue to build up his military capabilities, especially the "combat readiness" of his nuclear forces.

The zircon missiles

"The size of our armed forces and their fighting prowess are both constantly growing. And this procedure will undoubtedly be developed, "During a meeting with senior army commanders, Putin remarked.

The nuclear triad—missiles launched from flying planes, navigational submarines, and land-based silos—will continue to be improved and kept at a combat-ready state, it was stated.

The Russian president also made mention of the brand-new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, which Russian forces will be able to use beginning in January. The new Zircon missile, which has no counterpart in the world, will be installed on the "Admiral Gorshkov" ship in early January, according to Putin.

He claims that the crisis, which started 10 months ago, is a "shared tragedy" for which Russia is not to blame. "Of course, what occurs is tragic. a collective catastrophe. However, it is not a result of our strategy; rather, it is a result of foreign countries' policies, "said Putin.

Sergei Shoigu, the Minister of Defense of Russia, stated that Russian troops were engaged in combat in Ukraine against the "combined Western military forces. One of the top priorities will be to "continue the special operation [in Ukraine] until it has finished all of its tasks, "Shoigu stated.

The Russian Defense Minister increased the size of his army to 1.5 million troops and raised the eligibility age for military duty because he believed it was "essential." The 1.15 million soldier goal announced by Putin in August will be increased by 350,000 with this troop surge.

According to Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, Russian troops are engaged in combat in Ukraine against the "western alliance forces "Continue with the special operation [in Ukraine] until all of its duties have been accomplished" will be one of the top priorities."

He added that Moscow intends to build naval bases in Mariupol and Berdyans'k, two cities on the Azov Sea that it now controls in southern Ukraine, to support its fleet. "Both the Berdyansk and Mariupol ports are fully functional. There will be bases set up for support ships, emergency rescue teams, and ship maintenance crews" It said.

Putin stated most recently that despite the numerous western sanctions, Moscow is not experiencing any financial difficulties in order to fund its military campaign. "We have no financial restrictions of any kind. The nation and the government give the army all they ask for. I mean, everything!


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