Poland recruits a "record" number of soldiers after the Russian invasion of Ukraine

2023-01-29 15:08:28, Kosova & Bota CNA

Poland recruits a "record" number of soldiers after the Russian

Poland's armed forces have recruited the largest number of soldiers since 2008, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine sparked greater interest in defending the homeland.

Poland recruited more than 13,500 professional soldiers last year, Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on January 28.

The number is equivalent to about 8 percent of Poland's total armed forces of 164,000 troops.

Poland, which borders the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, aims to increase the number of its armed forces to 300,000 professional soldiers over the next few years.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Poland has helped this country with weapons, sending about 250 tanks.

The war in Ukraine began on February 24, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the war a "special military operation" to demilitarize Ukraine.

The West responded to Russia with harsh sanctions.

As a result of the war in Ukraine, thousands of people have died, while millions more have been displaced from their homes./REL

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