Vladimir Putin has admitted that there have been problems procuring equipment and clothes for the hundreds of thousands of men called-up to fight in Ukraine.
Some 300,000 men were called up in the autumn as part of the Russian president’s “partial mobilisation” – but the draft has been plagued by accusations of sub-standard equipment and shortages.
Mr Putin asserted that some of the issues related to supplying these men were now easing as he spoke at the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) summit in Kyrgyzstan.
The Russian president also denied that more troops would be needed to achieve Russia’s aims. Despite this, the Kremlin has yet to put out an official decree ending the call-up.
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