On Friday, Putin approved 16,000 volunteers from the Middle East to be deployed alongside the Russian troops.
- Experts believe most will be recruited from Syria.
- This news comes as Russia has been frustrated by the strong Ukranian resistance.
Russia plans to enlist battle-hardened fighters from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries to reinforce the invasion of Ukraine.
On 11 March, Putin approved 16,000 volunteers from the Middle East to be deployed alongside the Russian soldiers, AP reports.
While the announcement by Putin does not specify from which country in the Middle East he is enlisting fighters, a senior U.S. Defense Department official said Moscow was recruiting mainly Syrians bloodied in the decade-long civil war.
Russia has a large military footprint in Syria, having bolstered the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad with airpower and mercenaries for nearly a decade.
The Guardian reports that one enlistment advertisement from the Russian military offers a job description that details “military raids, operations abroad, and travel to Ukraine, with all provided. Salary is up to $3,000 month depending on experience.”