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Putin supports plans for Russia to expand its armed forces to 1.5 million combat personnel

Putin has promised that the troops will receive whatever they need.

We will provide whatever you require. This is what Vladimir Putin said to his troops today.

He had heard all the criticisms about supplies, some legitimate, some “emotional”, and he would make sure that the Armed Forces learned from them and had nothing to lose going forward.

This includes all servicemen who have access to drones. It is a fascinating nod to the ubiquitous role drones play in Ukraine in combat and intelligence on a scale that has not been seen in modern warfare.


It is not clear if all the support will be realized.

Russia’s armed forces have been plagued by corruption for a long time. This is why the last few months saw regular citizens shell out large sums of money for equipment like tourniquets and body armour for their deployed relatives.

Putin insists on calling this “special military operation”, but it has proven that Russia’s armed forces are not the ultra-modern, high-tech army he had made them out to have been.

His factories are in overdrive, and additional supply is coming from countries like Iran, North Korea, and Belarus.

Even though Russia is skilled at finding workarounds, sanctions are making it harder for the defense side.

It’s not the same thing to say you have everything money can buy. It does indicate that he isn’t going to give up.


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