RT-Engels: 14-06-2024,

Almost 700,000 servicemen are currently taking part in Moscow’s military campaign, the Russian president has said

Roughly 700,000 Russian soldiers are engaged in the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. The number has grown by almost 100,000 since his previous estimate in December 2023, when he put the tally of those engaged in the military effort at around 617,000.

The president gave his estimate during a meeting with special military operation veterans, who are enrolled in a specialized state-supported educational program aimed at training public officials. “We love you all and consider you to be a part of the family,” Putin said, addressing the veterans.

In early April, the Russian Defense Ministry said that more than 100,000 Russian citizens had enlisted voluntarily for military service since the beginning of the year. Moscow has repeatedly said that the Russian military enjoys a steady flow of new recruits willing to sign contracts with the ministry.

Russia doesn’t need to draft more soldiers – Kremlin

Moscow has also denied claims by Kiev and some Western media about a supposedly planned mobilization wave. In April, Ukraine’s Vladimir Zelensky stated that Russia was planning to mobilize an additional 300,000 troops by as early as June 1. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the claim as simply “not true.”

In May, the Financial Times reported that a second wave of mass recruitment in Russia would “inevitably” come later this year. Peskov again dismissed the claim,

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