On Sunday, the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom said it was yet uncertain how Moscow would execute the proclaimed boosting of its military by 0.14 million soldiers to the 1,150,628 mark, saying the increase wasn’t likely to considerably strengthen its fighting power in the East European country.
Previously on August 25, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, signed a decree to increase its military personnel from 1.9M to 2.04M as the Kyiv-Moscow war entered its 7th month.
According to the latest UK Defense Intelligence update, it remains uncertain whether the Kremlin will make efforts to fill this boosted allocation by recruiting volunteer military or by increasing the annual determinations for the conscription draft.
The UK Defense Ministry added that in any case, it wouldn’t have a considerable effect on the war because the Russian Armed Forces have lost thousands of its military personnel; a smaller number of contract soldiers are being recruited, and the recruits are technically ‘not legally bound to serve outside the Russian region.
Kyiv Forces Attacked Russian Arms Depot and Posts
According to media reports, the military forces of Ukraine said that at least two Russian weapon storage sites and three command posts in southern Kherson, Ukraine’s major economic center. In addition, Ukraine’s Operational Command South claimed that their troops liquidated eleven rocket launchers and killed eleven Russian personnel. Moreover, Ukrainian forces destroyed armored security vehicles and self-propelled Howitzer locomotives.
Vladimir Leontyev, a Moscow-installed administration official, confirmed the strikes by the forces of Ukraine to RIA, a Russian-government-owned news outlet, saying the Ukrainian forces carried out multiple attacks on Nova Kakhovka, a city in the central Kakhovka Raion of Kherson Oblast in country’s South.
Furthermore, according to the officials in Kyiv, the Moscow military has heavily struck areas across the river from Europe’s largest nuclear power station. The officials added that Russian strikes close to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant increased worries of a potential nuclear incident.
Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which Russian forces occupied in early March but operated by the Ukrainian atomic workers, has been a critical spot in more than a 6-month brutal war with both countries accusing each other of the latest strikes close to the ZNPP.