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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Air Force Cuts 125,000

MOSCOW -- The Russian air force is to shed 125,000 military and civilian personnel by the end of the year, air force chief General Anatoly Kornukov said, Interfax reported.

Among those due to leave are some 48,000 officers, Kornukov told air force personnel at the Chita air base in eastern Siberia on Sunday.

Thirty-nine commands held by generals would also be scrapped, said Kornukov, who warned top brass would be among the casualties within hours of his appointment Jan. 20.