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UK Ministry of Defense: Russia’s ambitious army expansion may prove difficult to achieve

Russia's expansion plans met with skepticism by UK military intelligence

UK Ministry of Defense: Russia’s ambitious army expansion may prove difficult to achieve

NEW YORK ( — The UK Ministry of Defense stated that it will be challenging for Russia to increase the size of its army to 1.5 million people. This statement was made in response to plans announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on January 17 to increase the size of the armed forces and restore some Soviet-era organizational structures. Shoigu’s plans include increasing the army’s size by 11% to 1.5 million people between 2023 and 2026, and re-establishing the Moscow and Leningrad military districts. However, UK military intelligence believes that Russia will face difficulties in finding enough personnel and equipment to support this expansion, a sentiment shared by many independent analysts.The Russian military is one of the largest in the world. It is made up of several branches including the Russian Ground Forces, Russian Navy, Russian Air Force, and the Strategic Missile Troops. The Russian military has a long and storied history, dating back to the time of the Tsars. In the Soviet era, the military played a central role in the country’s politics and economy, and it was responsible for many of the Soviet Union’s major achievements and failures. During World War II, the Soviet Union’s military played a critical role in the defeat of Nazi Germany, with the Red Army ultimately capturing Berlin. After the war, the Soviet military helped establish Soviet-backed governments in Eastern Europe, and it played a major role in the Cold War. In recent years, the Russian military has been involved in conflicts such as the Second Chechen War, the 2008 war with Georgia, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russia has also been active in the Syrian Civil War, providing support to the Syrian government. The Russian military has also been involved in various military exercises and modernizing its weapons and equipment. The recent announcement of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to increase the size of the armed forces and restore some of the organizational structures that existed in Soviet times is a sign of a more assertive Russia, trying to maintain its position as a leading military power in the world.

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