The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), who are a Syrian non-governmental group have reported that more than 40,000 ISIS Syrian fighters have registered to fight with Russia in Ukraine.
Russia are targetting members of the Al-Qatarji militia for recruitment SOHR said. The group were sanctioned by the US for fighting with the Assad regime and ISIS who will fight with Russia as “mercenaries” in Ukraine.
Aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak said, “Russia is hiring ISIS.”
Former White House national security adviser H. R. McMaster said that the Russian President Vladimir Putin is quite “desperate” because he and his army are “in real trouble.”
MacMaster told CBS News, “What you’re seeing is that Russia is really getting desperate — not only with this action to try to interdict the supply routes, but also with trying to lay the groundwork for, maybe, the use of chemical weapons, which is concerning.”
“This is a real sign of weakness.
“I think Russia — and Putin, in particular — is in real trouble.”
Last week Putin told Russia’s security council, “If you see that there are these people who want of their own accord, not for money, to come to help the people living in Donbas, then we need to give them what they want and help them get to the conflict zone.”
The Ukraine President Zelensky described the Syrian ISIS recruits as “thugs” who are travelling to a “foreign land” to simply kill people.
General Ben Hodges, who formerly commanded the US Army in Europe, told CBS News, “I think that they [the Russians] are running out of time, ammunition and manpower.
“I based my assessment on open source information and my own experience, so of course I could be off… but I think I won’t be too far off.”
General Hodges added that “reports of low morale, dissension between commanders, mutiny on at least one vessel, desertion etc. — all within the first two weeks,” are very clear “indicators of major manpower problems” for Putin’s forces.