War in Ukraine: Russian Defense Minister Announces Military Reorganization

The minister also announced the creation of a military force in the Republic of Karelia in northern Russia.


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LRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the reorganization of the Russian military on Tuesday. It’s part of a troop reinforcement the Kremlin is looking for.


Sergei Shoigu explained at a meeting of his ministry that only structural changes within the armed forces can ensure Russia’s security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced shortly before the start of the new year that he would increase the number of soldiers, from 1.15 to 1.5 million men.

According to Sergei Shoigu, two large regional units – one in Moscow, the other in St. Petersburg – will be created by merging different branches of the armed forces. Independent military units will also be established in Ukrainian territories annexed by Russia.

The minister also announced the creation of a military force in the Republic of Karelia in Russia’s north in response to Sweden and Finland’s planned accession to NATO.





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Finally, the minister also said that he wants to increase the number of men in the Navy, Air Force and Ballistic Forces. The renovation should be completed by 2026.


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