From January 1, 2023, according to the decree of the Russian President Vladimir Putinthe number of military personnel of the RF Armed Forces is increased by 137,000.

The document says that the size of the Russian army will grow to 2,039,758 people, of which 1,150,628 will be military personnel.

Former head of the Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu stated that Moscow plans to increase army size because of the course of the West aimed at containing the Russian Federation. According to him, the North Atlantic Alliance continues to move towards the Russian borders.

On December 31, Shoigu, congratulating the military of the RF Armed Forces on the upcoming New Year, thanked them for the courage and heroism shown in the performance of duty.