LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Sunday it was not yet clear how Russia would achieve a major announced increase in its armed forces, but the increase was unlikely to significantly increase its combat power. in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree last week to increase the size of Russia’s armed forces to 2.04 million from 1.9 million as the war in Ukraine enters its seventh month.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in a regular war update that it was unclear whether this would be achieved by recruiting more volunteers or increasing conscription.
Either way, it probably wouldn’t have a big impact on the war in Ukraine given that “Russia has lost tens of thousands of soldiers; very few new contract military are being recruited; and conscripts are not technically not obliged to serve outside Russian territory”. the ministry said on Twitter.

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