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Russia Enlisted Over 230K Troops in 2023 – Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev (L), deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, visits the Totsky training range of the Russian Armed Forces. Yekaterina Shtukina / POOL / TASS

Russia has enlisted over 230,000 additional personnel into the army since the start of the year, Moscow's Deputy Security Council Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

Moscow has conducted an aggressive military recruitment campaign this year as it seeks to stave off an ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive and hold territories it has captured during the conflict.

"According to the Ministry of Defense, from Jan. 1 to Aug. 3... a total of more than 231,000 people have been accepted for contract service," said Medvedev, who served as president from 2008-2012.

Last September, President Vladimir Putin announced a "partial" military mobilization — Russia's first since World War II — sending shock waves across the country as thousands of men were drafted into the army.

Unwilling to announce a second mobilization drive, Moscow has instead opted for a massive PR campaign, hoping to lure Russians with financial incentives.

Authorities have not disclosed their targets but various estimates say Moscow could be trying to recruit 400,000 volunteers.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said last year the size of Russia's army would be increased to 1.5 million people, as Moscow presses ahead with its offensive in Ukraine.

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