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Putin, in decree, says Russia's armed forces are 1.9 million-strong

Vladimir Putin orders to Russian army to finish drills in west and center military region in Leningrad, Russia on March 3, 2014.
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Vladimir Putin orders to Russian army to finish drills in west and center military region in Leningrad, Russia on March 3, 2014.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday which said Russia's armed forces numbered just over 1.9 million people, including over 1 million military servicemen.

The TASS news agency said the new decree replaced an older one from 2016 which had put the total number of personnel in the armed forces at around 1.8 million.