Putin' on a brave face

Putin’ on a brave face: Russia is forced to scale back its Vostok war games with China and sends just 50,000 troops compared to 300,000 four years ago after heavy losses in Ukraine

Russia has insisted that its capacity to stage the Vostok 2022 war games would not be affected by Ukraine war

But the 50,000 Russian troops taking part in exercises are just a fraction of the 300,000 that drilled in 2018

The smaller scale of war games reflects strain on Putin’s forces as they struggle to make headway in Ukraine