Russia will place more than a dozen military bases in the west of the country due to the “increase in tension” due to the decision of Sweden and Finland to claim their accession to NATO. “Tension continues to grow in the Western Military District area of ​​responsibility.” This has been stated by the Russian Defense Minister, Serguei Shoigu, who has denounced “the increase in military threats near the borders” of Russia. The Russian military effort needs more and more support. The Russian parliament will debate a bill to allow those over 40 and foreigners over 30 to enroll in the army. Moscow seems willing to undertake the urgent need to reinforce its ranks in the face of the difficulties that its incursion into Ukraine is encountering. Currently, only Russians from 18 to 40 years old and foreigners from 18 to 30 years old can conclude a first contract with the army. The Duma anticipates that the proposed legislation would also facilitate the hiring of civilian doctors, engineers and specialists in communications and operations. Various Western commanders and experts have indicated that the Russian army is running out of infantry. “The Russians are in trouble. This is the latest attempt to address personnel shortages without alarming their own population [with a general mobilization]. But it is getting harder and harder for the Kremlin to disguise its failures in Ukraine,” the US general said. retired Ben Hodges, former commander of US Army forces in Europe, in remarks reported by Reuters. President Vladimir Putin on Monday considered Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO posing no threat to Russia, but warned against that Moscow would respond if the alliance strengthened its military infrastructure in the two countries. For now, Russia will respond by forming 12 units and divisions in its western military district and is working to improve its fighting strength. ” and the same has happened with “visits to the Baltic Sea by US ships”, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS. Shoigu has denounced the transfer of an entire division from the United States to the European continent, “as well as the deployment of a group of troops in three strategic vectors: Arctic, West and Southwest”. Moscow has detected that the United States and NATO are increasing their operational and combat training near the border with Russia in the framework of the ‘Defender of Europe’ maneuvers.

The subjugation of the entire territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic is nearing completion. This was stated by Shoigu at a meeting of the military leadership. The Russian Defense Minister calls this advance of its army on the territory of the neighboring country “liberation”. According to data from the Russian military, more than a million people have been evacuated from the most dangerous regions of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic – as well as other places in Ukraine – to the Russian Federation since the beginning of what the Russian government insists on calling a ‘special military operation’. Sergei Shoigu also announced that almost 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers who were resisting in the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol have so far surrendered.

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