Russia’s Defense Minister visits the front line

Sergey Shoigu personally inspected the living conditions of the troops currently fighting the forces of Kiev

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has conducted a personal visit to the zone of the ongoing operation against , the Defense Ministry in announced on its Telegram channel on Thursday.

Shoigu inspected the conditions of ’s forces and military equipment at deployment points and held talks with unit commanders, paying particular attention to how support for the soldiers was organized in the field.

The minister also inspected the medical units and reviewed staff accommodation, as well as how they were provided with food and heating, the ministry noted.

At the end of his visit, Shoigu personally gave the soldiers his New Year’s wishes and thanked them for their exemplary service and efforts to implement Russia’s objectives in the operation.

On Wednesday, the minister proposed a number of changes to Russia’s armed forces to improve the nation’s defensive capabilities. Among them were raising the minimum and maximum enlistment ages and expanding the army to a total of 1.5 million active military personnel, of which 695,000 would be contract soldiers.

He explained that the need to renew some aspects of the military comes as has strengthened its forces on the Russian border and wants to include new members such as and . The minister suggested that a special military unit be established in the country’s northwest in response to this potential threat.






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