Russia to recruit 400,000 soldiers amid Ukraine's 'major counteroffensive' plans


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Russia's Ministry of Defence is planning to recruit 400,000 additional contract soldiers from April, with a focus on thwarting a "major counteroffensive" being planned by Ukraine, Bloomberg reported. It is reportedly aimed at replenishing Russian forces in Kyiv and avoiding another forced mobilization ahead of elections this year. Last year, a forced mobilization of troops triggered an exodus of a million people from Russia.