Russia hires mercenaries to fight its battle

According to military reports Russia has gathered up to 20,000 mercenaries equipping them small arms and sending them to fight in the battle for Donbas.

The soldiers for hire include Syrian and Libyan nationals, as well as other infantrymen recruited by the Wagner Group, a Russian-backed private military company, according to an unnamed European official cited in the report. The official estimated between 10,000 to 20,000 mercenaries are involved in Russia’s new offensive in eastern Ukraine.

“What I can tell you is that we did see some transfer from these areas, Syria and Libya, to the eastern Donbas region, and these guys are mainly used as a mass against the Ukrainian resistance,” the official said in the report.

The fighters are being sent into combat without heavy equipment or armored vehicles, according to the report. Using the mercenaries as expendable soldiers a cold and ruthless move by Putin tantamount to using human shields to push back resistance from the Ukrainians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pentagon has confirmed according to the Washington Examiner that Russia has been actively trying to recruit Syrian fighters and others with “urban” warfare experience to send to Ukraine. Military officials have also said that Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar had come to an agreement with Putin and the Kremlin to send Libyan soldiers to fight for Russia. This was also confirmed by British Ministry of Defense.

The Pentagon estimated that 10,000 additional Russian troops have entered Ukraine in recent days, joining the 76 battalion tactical groups, each made up of 700 to 1,000 soldiers, in the country. Twenty-two battalions are still north of Ukraine, likely being refitted and resupplied before reentering the battlefield.

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