November 17, 2017 / 3:35 PM / 5 months ago

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

MOSCOW (Reuters) - 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.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks up while visiting the Resurrection New Jerusalem Monastery at Istra, outside Moscow, Russia November 15, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS

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.

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Larry King

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