The Russian Defence Ministry stated on Thursday that US army intelligence was stepping up a marketing campaign to recruit mercenaries for Ukraine. Round 200 Croatian mercenaries arrived in Ukraine through Poland final week, the Russian Defence Ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated.
“US army intelligence has launched a large-scale propaganda marketing campaign to recruit PMC [private military company] contractors to be despatched to Ukraine. To begin with, workers of the American PMCs Academi, Cubic, and Dyn Company are being recruited. […] Solely final week, about 200 mercenaries from Croatia arrived by Poland, who joined one of many nationalist battalions within the southeast of Ukraine”.
He emphasised that overseas mercenaries in Ukraine can’t be thought of prisoners of conflict (POW) if detained in step with worldwide humanitarian legislation. When detained, they’ll count on felony prosecution at finest, Konashenkov stated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that nationalist and neo-Nazi formations, which embody overseas mercenaries from the Center East, are utilizing civilians in Ukraine as human shields. The Kremlin pressured that neo-Nazis in Ukraine are utilizing terrorist strategies by deploying heavy weapons in residential areas.
The Kremlin’s press service additionally stated that there’s been an growing variety of overseas mercenaries in Ukraine, together with from Albania and Croatia, in addition to Kosovo militants and jihadists with army expertise in Syria.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky introduced the creation of a overseas legion, the Worldwide Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine. Days later, the nation’s overseas minister, Dmytro Kuleba, claimed that greater than a thousand mercenaries from 16 nations have been headed to Ukraine. Zelensky has asserted that about 16,000 overseas mercenaries have been going to struggle for Ukraine.
On 24 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised a particular army operation in Ukraine following a request from the Donbass republics, which he had recognised a couple of days earlier.
“The aim [of the Russian special operation] is to guard individuals who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years, and for this we are going to try to demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine, in addition to deliver to justice those that dedicated quite a few bloody crimes towards peaceable residents, together with residents of the Russian Federation”, Putin stated in his televised deal with to residents.
*Daesh, also called ISIS/IS/Islamic State, is a terrorist group banned in Russia and lots of different nations.