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Russia recruits Syrians to fight in Ukraine: report

According to a new report, Russia is turning to Syrian fighters experienced in urban combat to tackle Ukrainian forces as Moscow prepares for street fighting against stubborn government resistance in Kyiv.

Russia, which has backed the Syrian government in that country’s long-running civil war, is recruiting the fighters in the expectation that their close-range skills could help Moscow take the capital and overthrow the Ukrainian government, four US officials said Wall Street Journal Sunday.

The involvement of the Syrians points to a possible escalation of the conflict, the report said

It remains unclear how many Syrian fighters are already in Ukraine, where they are stationed and how big the efforts are.​

The newspaper said a Syrian publication in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor offered volunteers between $200 and $300 “to go to Ukraine and work as guards” for six months.​


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Russia also has Chechen forces stationed in Ukraine, and reports last week indicated that Chechen death squads had been dispatched to assassinate the country’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy “neutralized”.

Fighters of the People's Resistance Brigades.
Russia is recruiting Syrian fighters in the expectation that their hand-to-hand combat skills could help them take Kyiv.
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Fighters of the armed Syrian opposition.
It remains unclear how many Syrian fighters are already in Ukraine.
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Thousands of foreign fighters have also entered the country to fight for Ukraine after Zelenskyy asked for help repelling the Russian invasion.

US officials estimate that about 95 percent of the troops Russia massed along Ukraine’s borders are now inside the country, but are facing stiff resistance from regular forces and civilians alike.

The 12th day of fighting has forced more than 1.5 million Ukrainians to flee to neighboring countries such as Poland, Moldova and Hungary.

But despite constant shelling from Russian forces, Kyiv remains under Ukrainian control, as does the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

Russia has taken control of Cherson, a port city on the Black Sea, and other cities are constantly being bombed

Jennifer Cafarella, a national security fellow at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, told the Journal that Syrians have honed their urban combat skills over nearly a decade of conflict, skills lacking in Russia’s most conscripted armed forces.

Some also have ties to the Wagner Group, a Moscow-linked mercenary group that has operated in both Syria and the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Firefighters work to put out a fire.
Firefighters extinguish a fire in a devastated city center after a Russian airstrike in Chernihiv.
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Burnt out cars after a night air raid in the village of Bushiv.
Burnt out cars after a night air raid in the village of Bushiv.
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Destroyed Russian armored vehicles in the city of Bucha.
More than 1.5 million Ukrainians have had to flee to neighboring countries such as Poland, Moldova and Hungary.
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But Charles Lister, a Syria expert at the Middle East Institute in Washington, questioned how effective a Middle Eastern force in Ukraine would be.

“Bringing Syrians to Ukraine is like bringing Martians to fight on the moon,” Lister told the outlet. “They don’t speak the language, the environment is very different.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/russia-recruits-syrians-for-battles-in-ukraine-report/ Russia recruits Syrians to fight in Ukraine: report

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