Russia’s plan to expand its armed forces is unlikely to have an impact on the Ukraine war, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has said.

Vladimir Putin recently signed a decree to increase the Russian armed forces’ military personnel to more than 1.15m – a potential increase of 137,000.

the MoD said the boost was unlikely to increase Russia’s combat power – partly because of ongoing losses.

President Putin’s decree came amid a military recruitment drive.

There have been reports that recruiters have even been visiting prisons, promising inmates freedom and money.

Currently, Russia has a limit of just over a million military personnel, plus almost 900,000 civilian staff.

Western officials say some 70-80,000 troops have been killed or wounded since Russia invaded Ukraine six months ago

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