Russia will move Far East troops closer towards Europe

Russia will move troops based in the country’s Far East closer towards Europe.

The troops will hold drills in the Astrakhan province that lies on the border between the European and Asian parts of Russia, according to Interfax news agency.

The troops will train in long-distance movements of military units, among other tasks, the district command said.

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine last week, having previously massed over 100,000 troops close to its borders for drills.

The Russian Armed Forces are one of the world’s largest military forces, with around a million active-duty personnel, which is the world’s fifth-largest, and at least 2 million reserve personnel. It is mandatory for all male citizens aged 18–27 to be drafted for a year of service in the Armed Forces.