“We will protect and strengthen the security of our citizens, including in the new territories of the Russian Federation”, immediately announced the Russian head of state, referring to the four territories illegally annexed last September. Attacking NATO as a whole, judging that “the military capabilities of all countries” members were today used against Russia, Vladimir Putin emphasized the increase of military means for the next year in the conflict in Ukraine.
“The armed forces and the combat capabilities of our armed forces are constantly increasing every day. And this process, of course, we will develop. (…) We will continue to maintain and improve the combat readiness of our triad nuclear”. Concretely, the Kremlin plans to equip its fleet with new Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles from January, a weapon that belongs to the new family of weapons developed in recent years by Moscow. After the partial mobilization campaign in September, the Ministry of Defense intends to continue recruiting and considers “necessary” to increase the number of troops to 1.5 million against a current target of 1.15 million by January. Sergei Shoigu still believes that the age limit for military service should be increased to include Russian citizens aged 21 to 30.