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The Graphic Truth: Who spends the most on the military?

Russian President Vladimir Putin upped the ante this week by announcing a partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists to Ukraine. (For context: Russia invaded Ukraine in February with 150,000 troops.) This development, analysts say, is one of the surest signs to date that Putin’s war is flailing. In fact, since the beginning of the war, observers have been stunned by the ineptitude and ill-preparedness of the Russian military considering that almost 11% of the Kremlin’s total budget goes towards military expenditure. How does Russia’s military investment – and active military personnel count – compare to other G20 nations? We take a look.

This article comes to you from the Signal newsletter team of GZERO Media, a subsidiary of Eurasia Group that offers balanced, nonpartisan reporting, and analysis of foreign affairs.

Opinion: Why the West shouldn’t aim to destroy Russia’s military

Opinion: Why the West shouldn’t aim to destroy Russia’s military

“We want to see Russia weakened.” —Lloyd Austin, U.S. Secretary of Defense

“The war in Ukraine is our war.” —Liz Truss, UK Foreign Secretary

“We want to win this war.” —Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President

You could be forgiven for thinking the United States and its European allies have declared open war on Russia.

There has been a shift in recent weeks, with Western leaders seemingly broadening their war aims from helping Ukraine defend itself to permanently crippling Russia. The stepped-up rhetoric stems from a growing belief that Russia must be hurt so much that Putin is irreversibly neutered, emboldened by 10 weeks of Russian military underperformance, Ukrainian overperformance, and universal disgust with the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha and other towns they occupied.

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