President Putin Signs Presidential Degree Signaling Commitment to Long War in Ukraine

Dr. E.C. Beuck
President Vladimir Putin of RussiaPresidential Executive Office of Russia

President Vladimir Putin of Russia has signed a presidential degree signaling his continued commitment to the war occurring in Ukraine. According to the document, the total size of the armed forces of Russia will be increased this coming year from 1.9 million personnel to 2.04 million. This overall increase includes an additional 137,000 increase to combat personnel to a total of 1.15 million.

The push for greater recruitment comes as the West estimates Russian forces have taken more than 10,000 casualties since the start of the conflict, with Ukraine estimating its forces have contributed to a minimum of 45,000 wounded and killed Russian troops over the past six months. Yet casualties alone do not do justice to the scale of the war happening in Ukraine.

According to NPR, the six month long war has displaced more than 13 million Ukrainians, more than half of which have fled to other European countries in the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The displacement comes as Russia has occupied roughly 20% of Ukraine's territory. Beyond the cost in lives, the Ukrainian economy is projected to shrink by as much as 45% as a direct consequence of the war. This all comes as Russia has signaled that there are a wide range of reasons why it has decided to invade Ukraine, and has committed many actions designed to steal resources and valuables from the people of Ukraine.

Given the scale of violence so far, as well as the cost in lives and widespread destruction throughout Ukraine, this latest presidential decree signed by President Putin shows that it is more likely the conflict will continue to grow worse rather than head towards a negotiated peace any time soon.

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