Up to 40000 Syrians register to fight for Russia in Ukraine

Up to 40000 Syrians register to fight for Russia in Ukraine

Up to 40000 Syrians register to fight for Russia in Ukraine Syrian fighters are ready to take part in the next phase of the Ukraine war.  Vladimir Putin lavished plaudits on a Syrian general whose division played a crucial role in fighting insurgents during the country’s long-running civil war during a visit to the country in 2017. “Great successes in the future,” the Russian president assured him, referring to his cooperation with Russian military.

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Up to 40000 Syrians register to fight for Russia in Ukraine

 

 

In the meantime, soldiers and former rebels from Syria’s desert have joined hundreds of Russian-trained Syrian fighters who have reportedly agreed to fight alongside Russian troops in Ukraine. They include Syrian soldiers, former rebels and seasoned fighters who have spent years fighting the Islamic State group in Syria’s desert, according to reports.

So yet, it appears that only a small number of soldiers have arrived in Russia for military training prior to being deployed to the front lines. However, despite claims by Kremlin officials that more than 16,000 applications from the Middle East had been received early in the war, officials in the United States and activists monitoring Syria say that no significant numbers of fighters from the region have yet been recruited to fight in Ukraine.

 

 

 

As Russia prepares for the next phase of the fight, which will include a full-scale offensive in Ukraine’s eastern regions, analysts predict that this will alter. After President Vladimir Putin appointed Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, who previously oversaw the Russian military in Syria, as the new combat commander in Ukraine, they believe fighters from Syria will be more likely to be sent to Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Despite concerns about the effectiveness of Syrian rebels in Ukraine, they could be deployed if additional forces are required to besiege cities or to make up for the growing number of civilian losses. In addition to being familiar with the numerous paramilitary forces in Syria that have been trained by Russia, Dvornikov was in charge of the policy of relentlessly besieging and shelling opposition-held cities in Syria until they were brought under control.

In Ukraine, Russia is “getting ready for a bigger conflict,” according to Ahmad Hamada, a Syrian army defector who is now working as a military analyst in Turkey. “Syrian fighters are likely to take part in this battle,” he added.

Observers and activists in Syria claim that the Russians have been aggressively recruiting for the Ukraine war in the country, particularly among Russian-trained fighters.

Rami Abdurrahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor based in Britain, reported that approximately 40,000 people have registered so far, 22,000 with the Russian military and approximately 18,000 with the Russian private contractor Wagner Group, both of which are based in Russia.

According to Abdurrahman, some 700 soldiers of al-25th Hassan’s Special Missions Forces Division, known in Syria as the “Tiger Force,” have left Syria in recent weeks to fight alongside Russian forces in Syria. The accuracy of the figures could not be independently verified.

Pro-government activists have been posting videos on social media for the past two weeks depicting members of the Tiger Force participating in military training, including parachuting from helicopters, as part of their campaign against the opposition. In one of the recordings, Russian officers appeared to be counseling the paratroopers from the safety of a helicopter, while al-Hassan commended the young men by tapping them on the heads. Whether the videos were old or new was unclear at the time of publication.

Aside from the volunteers from the Russian-trained 5th Division, Abdurrahman said there are also members of the Baath brigades, which are the military branch of Assad’s ruling Baath party, and the Palestinian Quds Brigade, which is made up of Palestinian refugees in Syria. Every one of them has fought alongside the Russian troops in Syria’s civil war.

“The Russians are searching for fighters with a lot of experience. The Russians aren’t interested in anyone who hasn’t been trained by them,” Abdurrahman explained.

During the 11-year struggle, the Tiger Force was credited with some of the most significant government wins. A months-long Russian-backed battle into the insurgents’ last enclave, located in the northwest province of Idlib, came to a close in March 2020, with government forces taking a major north-south route — while the rebels retain control of the pocket itself.

Al-Hassan “is one of Russia’s men, and Russia will rely on him,” according to Omar Abu Layla, a Syrian dissident living in Europe who runs the DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group, which keeps track of the Syrian war.

Many fighters from the 5th Division and Quds Brigade have registered at Russia’s Hmeimeem camp in western Syria, which is in charge of recruiting, and are awaiting orders, according to him.

Last month, a Russian-trained militia known as the “ISIS Hunters,” which has been fighting against the Islamic State for years, put out a call for men aged 23 to 49 to come forward for screening, with the promise that those who pass the test and are deemed suitable will be called upon later in the process.

According to Rayan Maarouf of Suwayda24, an activist group that follows IS activity in the Syrian desert, over 100 men have registered their identities in the southern province of Sweida thus far. He went on to say that they were guaranteed a monthly income of no less than $600, which he described as a substantial quantity of money in light of widespread unemployment and the collapse of the Syrian pound.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby stated earlier this month that the United States had received information that the Wagner Group was attempting to recruit militants, primarily from the Middle East, to deploy in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.

However, he stated that “no particular information” had been provided on the number of recruits. “We’re just not there yet in terms of seeing anything that’s truly demonstrable in terms of reinforcement,” he continued.

Earlier this month, Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the United States Central Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that only “very small groups” have attempted to cross the border from Syria to Ukraine, describing the flow as a “pretty little trickle.”

If the Syrian conflict continues, retired Lebanese army general Naji Malaeb, who carefully monitors the situation in the country, says there has been no indication of Syrian militants moving to Russia so far, but that could change as the conflict continues.

According to Malaeb, “all is dependent on what the Russians intend to do in the near future.”

Syrian and Palestinian officials in Syria have downplayed rumors of fighters their route to the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Syria’s government is undoubtedly concerned that Syrian fighters may migrate to Ukraine, creating possibilities on the front lines that its various adversaries could exploit if the situation continues.

Since the outbreak of the Ukrainian conflict, Russia has dramatically reduced its operations in Syria, with fewer bombings targeting Islamic State (IS) or opposition sites in Idlib. This is a potentially concerning development for the Syrian government.

Any shift in the stance of Russian forces or pro-regime militias opens security holes that anti-regime players such as Turkey, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaida, and Syrian opposition organizations can exploit, according to the ISW research.

Mughnad Haj Ali, a former legislator and commander with the military branch of Syria’s ruling Baath party, has stated that no Syrians have gone to fight in Ukraine and that he does not expect any to do so in the near future.

He expressed confidence that Russia will triumph in Ukraine without the assistance of the Syrians.

In his words, “the way the operations are progressing is a clear indicator that Ukraine will not become another Afghanistan.”

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