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Statement by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu at the Collegium of the Ministry of Defense on September 26 about achieving goals by 2025, as it turned out, was not related to the topic of special operations in Ukraine. According to the explanation, the minister was talking about plans to rearm the army and increase its combat capability.
“The consistent implementation of measures and action plans until 2025,” Shoigu said at the board meeting, “will enable the achievement of the intended goals.”
Many viewers of the broadcast of the event took the words of the head of the department as an indication of the timing of the SVO. The reason was that, just before that, Shoigu spoke about how “the United States and its allies continue to arm the armed forces of Ukraine” and how “cynical actions of the West are pushing Ukraine to self-destruction.” However, the head of the Ministry of Defense also said that under such conditions, the Russian ministry continues to “increase the combat power of the armed forces”, including “taking into account the experience of the special military operation”. SVO and compiled for the period 2019–2025.