Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s military expansion with an additional 137,000 personnel beginning next year.
Moscow has not disclosed any losses in conflict since the beginning weeks. However, Western officials and Kyiv government officials believe that the number could be in the thousands.
On Thursday, the Russian president signed a decree. However, it did not explain how the military would increase its ranks or whether this would be done through more conscriptions or more volunteers soldiers, or a combination of both.
According to the Kremlin, online contract soldiers are part of the “special military operation” in Ukraine. This is despite claims that it was planning a large mobilization.
Professor Michael Clarke says that conscription is prohibited if Russia declares war in Ukraine.
Professor Clarke, the former director-general at the Royal United Services Institute, stated: “There is a fair bit of mutiny on the front lines. However, this will not stop the offensive.
Russia is offering huge amounts to young men (three to four-times the average monthly income) to sign the military contract. They can serve as much as six months with almost no training.
“Desperate stuff. But Russia will continue feeding young men into war.” Many of them will be left behind with large bank accounts in Russia.
The decree of Mr Putin aims to increase military personnel to 1,150.628, and will take effect on January 1.
Putin increased the combat personnel in Russia’s Army to 1.01million from a total of 1.9 million.
Dozens of people were killed on Independence Day
Wednesday marked 31 years since the country gained independence from Soviet Union. This date also happened on the same day that Russia invaded six months earlier.
Ukraine was bracing itself for heavy attacks throughout the day. A rocket attack on the town of Chaplyne left 25 dead at a train station.
The mayor of Melitopol in the southeast claimed that resistance forces had “blown up” a building being used by Russian-backed officials in Pryazovsko. This village is just outside of the city.
Mykolaiv has been the hardest hit city.
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Ivan Fedorov uploaded a Telegram video that showed damage to the building. It was being used to issue Russian passports and prepare for “voting in” in a pseudo-referendum.
As a way of integrating the region into Russia, the vote is planned.
On Thursday, Mr Fedorov claimed that Russia had shut off electricity in almost all of the Zaporizhzhia regions captured. He also stated that people are now without water and gas.