Russia recruits Syrian fighters to help invade Ukraine, take Kiev – Reuters

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  • US officials told the Wall Street Journal that Russia was recruiting Syrians to fight in Ukraine.
  • An official told the outlet that some Syrians were already preparing in Russia.
  • Foreign fighters from the United States and the United Kingdom have also joined the war to fight on behalf of Ukraine.
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Russia is recruiting Syrian fighters to help it invade Ukraine, four US officials have said. The Wall Street Journal.

Moscow is interested in Syrians with experience in urban fighting in the hope that they can help Russian forces take Kiev, Ukraine’s capital and largest city, officials said.

It was not clear how many Syrian fighters had been recruited or whether they had already been deployed to Ukraine, although an official told the Journal that some were already being trained in Russia.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Journal report.

Russia has been operating in Syria since 2015, when it launched a military intervention to help the Syrian government fight the rebels in the ongoing civil war.

Deir Ezzor 24, a Syria-based media outlet, reported last week that Russia was offering Syrians $200 to $300 for mercenaries willing to travel to Ukraine for six months to “operate as guards.” The outlet said Russia was hiring Syrians who fought in the Libyan war. Reuters reported in 2020 that Russia had hired hundreds of Syrian mercenaries to fight in Libya.

Foreign fighters have also joined the war on behalf of Ukraine. A few days after the start of the full-scale Russian assault, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the creation of an International Legion for foreigners who wanted to come to Ukraine and fight against Russia.

British and american veterans he traveled all over the country. Ukrainian officials said last week 3,000 Americans asked to join the new international legion. Several hundred arrived in Ukraine last week, military times informed.

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