SOHR: Russia is recruiting tens of thousands of Syrian fighters to fight in Ukraine
Some 40,000 fighters from the Syrian Army and its allied militias have joined the rosters to fight alongside Russia and are ready to deploy to Ukraine.
At least that is confirmed by Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British opposition group based in Syria with an extensive network of sources in Syria, according to a recent WS report. Russian officials deployed to Syria as part of Moscow’s 2015 operation to support the Damascus regime approved the requests of 22,000 of them, according to Abdel Rahman.
They are members of the regular Syrian army or pro-government militias, formed by Russia and experienced in fighting in urban centers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. At least another 18,000 fighters will be led by the private Russian paramilitary company Wagner, which has ties to the Kremlin, the same source said, adding that it has yet to see any Syrian recruits leaving for Ukraine.
The Kremlin announced on March 11 that volunteers, including those from Syria, can fight alongside the Russian army in Ukraine. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Russian officials, in coordination with the Syrian army and allied militias, have opened military offices in areas controlled by the Bashar al-Assad regime. A Syrian government spokesman has denied that fighters have been recruited to be sent to Ukraine.
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