According to a senior US defense official on Monday (local time), Russia is having trouble finding more soldiers to fight in Ukraine.
Citing a defense official’s report, Hill said the U.S. government did not expect Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent efforts to expand the size of the military to more than 130,000 troops would be successful. .
Last week, Putin signed an order to increase Russia’s combat personnel from 1.9 million to 2.04 million starting next year.
According to U.S. officials, Russia has historically failed to reach its manpower ultimate force targets.
They added that prior to Russia’s actions in Ukraine on February 24, the country “could have already fallen 150,000 people short of its one million target,” removing the age limit for recruits, We are trying to expand our recruitment efforts by recruiting prisoners.
Officials also noted that many of the recruits on the Russian side were observed to be elderly, unfit and poorly trained.
“Many of these recruits have been observed to be elderly, unfit and poorly trained. The additional personnel that can be used may not actually increase Russia’s overall … combat power,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has begun sending weapons to Ukraine by sea. According to media reports, ships are able to transport large amounts of cargo despite being slower than aircraft, allowing Kyiv to build a larger arsenal.
Earlier, the United States announced US$2.98 billion in new military aid to Ukraine, including six additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which funds U.S. defense. announced the package. An industry that boosts the production of certain weapons.
Most of the previous security packages for Ukraine have been presidential reduction packages sending weapons and equipment from the US national defense stockpile. However, the United States does not have NASAMS inventory readily available in Ukraine.
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