US General on the increase in the size of the Russian army: “I'm not sure that Russia is capable of this”

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US General on Russian army increase:

The likely goal of this military reform in the Russian Federation is to force the West to stop helping Ukraine.

Former commander of US forces in Europe, General Ben Hodges, is skeptical to Russia's plans to increase the size of the armed forces to 1.5 million people.

Godges gave his assessment in an interview with NV.

“If we are talking about human resources, then it will be necessary to take men from factories, from enterprises that Russia needs.It is not clear how Russia plans to provide these peopleweapons, clothing, where they will find sergeants to train them, officers to command them, where they should be – this is a fairly systemic and broad question,” the American general said.

“Despite the fact that Ukraine is developing its mobilization capabilities, I'm not sure that Russia is capable of this“, he said.

According to Hodges, perhaps Russia wants to expand its army to intimidate the West – not to help Ukraine there.

The ex-commander of US troops in Europe also said that the Russians are already losing to the Ukrainians, so it is unlikely that they plan to expand the war to other states through this military reform.

“I can’t even pick up two good arguments to understand why they would want to do reform with such goals. They are already losing in Ukraine, since they plan to expand this conflict with the involvement of NATO countries? I think it’s less what would they want during such a very direct conflict that they have now. But I understand that they will try to make us lose our will and stop helping Ukraine”,” the general said.

< p>Recall that in December, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the need to increase the size of the army to 1.5 million people. This number should include at least 670,000 contractors. In addition, there are plans to gradually increase the draft age from 18 to 21 years old with a maximum age of 30 years.

Note that the main advantage of Russia in the war against Ukraine is the number of people and ruthlessness. This assessment was given by an officer of the Israel Defense Forces, military analyst Yigal Levin. According to him, in order to confront and win, Ukraine needs heavy weapons and a continuous flow of weapons until victory.

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