Africans, Syrians form Putin’s ‘colonial troops’ for Ukraine.
At a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation on March 11, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that 16,000 volunteers from the Middle East were ready to be sent to Ukraine. This must be Russia’s response to the alleged “sending mercenaries to Ukraine”, where 20,000 volunteers from around the world have reportedly already registered.
Earlier, US officials and Syrian opposition journalists claimed that Russia was recruiting Syrians with experience in urban battles to be sent to Ukraine.
Russia’s Zvezda TV channel says veterans of military operations in Syria are now ready to go to Ukraine. The video we share with this article is from Syrian veterans who shout in one voice, “Great Russian army! We will defeat the Nazis!” The video shows the Syrian military undermining the same letters that the Russian military uses to mark its equipment in Ukraine.
In addition, Central African military analyst Sylvain Nguema posted a video in which armed men [we cannot confirm their affiliation with the official army of the Central African Republic declare their readiness to help the Russians against Ukrainian nationalists. It is worth noting here that journalist Jack Losch said that the Wagners [mercenaries from the Russian private military company Wagner] had already recruited Syrians and Libyans to serve in the Central African Republic.
There are probably Syrians and Central Africans who are sincerely grateful to the Russian army and/or the Wagner PMC for intervening in support of the current government, despite the war crimes committed in the process.