Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has ordered to create self-sufficient groups of forces in the new regions of the country, the Defense Ministry reported.
“The Russian president has decided to bring the strength of the armed forces to 1.5 mln servicemen,” the Ministry quoted Shoigu as saying at a meeting over the size of the armed forces. “The military security of the state and protection of the new regions and vital facilities can only be ensured by strengthening the key structural components of the armed forces with two new inter-branch strategic territorial formations, the Moscow and Leningrad Military Districts, and self-sufficient groups of forces in the territory of the new regions of the Russian Federation.”
He called for increasing the number of firing ranges in the military districts and new regions and preparing them to support practical actions of the armed forces.
All the measures to increase military strength have to be synchronized with the construction of infrastructure for troop deployment and defense procurements deadlines, the minister said.
The Lugansk People’s Republic, Donetsk People’s Republic and Zaporozhye and Kherson regions acceded to Russia on September 30, 2022 following the unification referenda. *i*ie