Pentagon confirms: Russia recruiting Syrians to fight in Ukraine

Israel National News reports: “Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed on Monday that Russia is recruiting Syrians and other foreign fighters as it ramps up its assault on Ukraine, AFP reports.

The comments by Kirby followed a report in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday which cited US officials who said that Moscow is recruiting Syrians skilled in urban combat to fight in Ukraine as Russia’s invasion is poised to expand deeper into cities.

An American assessment indicates that Russia, which has been operating inside Syria since 2015, has in recent days been recruiting fighters from there, hoping their expertise in urban combat can help take Kyiv and deal a devastating blow to the Ukraine government, said four American officials quoted in the report.

‘We do believe that the accounts of them — the Russians — seeking Syrian fighters to augment their forces in Ukraine, we believe there’s truth to that,’ Kirby told journalists on Monday when asked about the reports…”

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