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Why Putin wants Russians to have more children

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin is encouraging Russians to have as many as eight children as the number of dead Russian soldiers continues, worsening the country's population crisis. Putin's comments come as Russia has been grappling with declining birth rates for decades, a challenge worsened by the invasion of Ukraine and its resulting economic consequences. The conflict in Ukraine has led to an estimated 900,000 people fleeing the country, while an additional 300,000 have been enlisted to fight, exacerbating Russia's workforce shortage.