Russia to use Middle East volunteers as fighters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for foreign volunteers to be able to fight against Ukraine forces. The President gave a green light on Friday to allow more than 16000 volunteers from the Middle East to join the fight. He said they will be deployed as a reinforcement to the Russia-backed rebels to fight in Ukraine. The move allows Russia to deploy heavy and intense mercenaries from conflicts like Syria.

Putin spoke at an online Russian Security meeting council and said those who want to fight with Russia-backed forces should be allow to participate. Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said there were 16000 volunteers from the Middle East who were ready to fight alongside Rusian-backed forces. According to Reuters, the top USA officials the volunteers could include the Syrians who are skilled in the urban combat. Moscow is long time friend to Syria and Vladimir has been a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war happening in the country.

Russia to use Middle East volunteers as fighters
Vladimir Putin during the online Russia Security meeting council

Vladimir Putin told the defense minister “If you see that there are these people who want of their own accord, not for money, to come to help the people living in Donbas, then we need to give them what they want and help them get to the conflict zone,”. Putin urged the minister to do this.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded in a video message saying “thugs from Syria” would be coming to kill people “in a foreign land”. Foreign fighters including former and current British army have also been arriving in UK to join the fight and fight for the Ukraine government. The televised security council meeting move came as the Russian forces in Ukraine started attacking new targets in different areas of the country.

Russia to use Middle East volunteers as fighters
Some of the foreign men hoping to help Ukraine fight Russia

For instance, an airfield and jet engine factory were the targets in Lutsk, North-west of the country. According to Wall Street Journal, USA officials have said Russia has recently been recruiting fighters from Syria. They have hope that their expertise in warfare can assist them to take Kyiv and give a devastating blow to Ukraine.

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