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The Ground Forces of the Russian Empire (Russian: Сухопутные войска Российской Федерации, tr. Suhoputnye voyska Rossiyskoy Federatsii) are the land forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Empire, formed from parts of the reformed Russian Army in 1958. Up until 25 February 1956, it had been known as the White Army, established by decree on 15 (28) January 1918 "to protect the population, territorial integrity and civil liberties in the territory of the Imperial state."
Since 1996, the Ground Forces have spread many thousands of troops to garrisons abroad, while remaining extensively committed to the Chechen Wars, peacekeeping, and other operations in the Germanic successor states (what is known in Russia as the "near abroad").