Russia wants to rebuild its army in order to implement the increase in troop levels announced by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a ministry meeting that Russia’s security could only be guaranteed through structural changes in the armed forces. Shortly before New Year’s Eve, Putin announced that he would increase the number of soldiers from 1.15 to 1.5 million. According to Schoigu, they should now two large territorial units are created that combine several branches of arms; the Moscow and Leningrad Military Districts. In the Ukrainian territories annexed by Russia, too set up independent military units will. In addition, Shoigu announces the Formation of an army corps in the northern Russian republic of Karelia on. This could be a reaction to the planned NATO accession of the Scandinavian countries Sweden and Finland. It should also be strengthened Combat capability of the fleet, air force and missile forces, demands Shoigu. The renewal of the structures should therefore be completed between 2023 and 2026.