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    Russia to Boost Troops in West, Expanding Army to 1.5 Million People

    Russia to Boost Troops in West, Expanding Army to 1.5 Million People

    Russia will create new commands near Europe as it expands its military to 1.5 million people amid deepening tensions with the U.S. and its allies over the Kremlin's invasion of .

    New structures in the regions around , St. Petersburg and Karelia on the border with will be created under the program, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told commanders Tuesday, saying the major changes will start this year and continue through 2026. In addition, he said, “self-sufficient” units will be set up on the Ukrainian territories that Russia has illegally annexed.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the military expansion came in response to the “proxy war” he claimed the U.S. and its allies are waging against Russia in Ukraine, Interfax reported. Kyiv and its allies are fighting to fend off Russia's invasion of its neighbor.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin last month approved Shoigu's to boost the size of his military from the current target level of 1.15 million but the Kremlin hasn't said how fast that will take place.

    Shoigu said the expansion will be spread across all branches of Russia's military and will be coordinated with the delivery of new weapons to equip them, the Defense Ministry said in a statement, according to Interfax.

    Russia will create three new motorized-infantry divisions and two airborne divisions, combining a number of brigades, Shoigu said in comments posted on the…

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