The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine entered the 13th day on Tuesday. Meanwhile, US Defense Department officials claim that Russia is recruiting Syrian fighters to capture Kyiv. The Pentagon claimed on Monday that Russia was recruiting Syrian and other foreign fighters as it ramps up attacks on Ukraine.
Russia entered the Syrian civil war in 2015 on the side of the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
US State Department officials said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a recruitment mission and is preparing to bring some Syrian fighters to the battlefield in Ukraine.
According to the Wall Street Journal, US officials said Russia had recruited fighters from Syria in recent days in the hope that they could help capture Kyiv.
An official said that some fighters are already in Russia to join the fighting in Ukraine. However, it is not yet clear how many fighters have been recruited.