Vladimir Putin knows Hezbollah well. The relationship with the terrorist group has a common interest: Syria. In fact, Russian troops and Lebanese fighters together control much of the territory in support of dictator Bashar Al Assad.
Now, the Russian president would be seeking support from his terrorist ally to make up for the lack of men in Ukraine. It is that what was intended as a quick and effective invasion turned into a trap for the Russian troops. Inexperienced soldiers, thousands of casualties – including top generals – and misuse of equipment are prolonging the Kremlin’s incursion, while international sanctions slowly suffocate its economy.
Novaya Gazetathe Russian independent media outlet that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 for investigating and publishing corruption and human rights violation scandals of the Putin regime, reported that Russia’s Wagner Group – a private military company accused of running mercenaries – is negotiating with the Shiite terror group Hezbollah to send fighters to Ukraine.
The outlet reveals that Wagner would have a certain Alexander Kuznetsov as a representative in these secret negotiations, and that on the Hezbollah side, a high-ranking member of Naji’s security unit, Hassan al-Shartouni (also known as Hajj Abu Ali), is negotiating.
The meeting, he details, would have taken place last week and at the meeting they would have agreed to send 800 Hezbollah fighters to Ukraine to fight. Each of those 800 fighters will receive $1,500 a month for their services.
Novaya Gazeta adds that shortly after Kuznetsov’s summit with Hajj Abu Ali, Hezbollah opened a recruitment and mobilization office in the city of Quseir, Homs province in Syria. This office is under the direct supervision of Hezbollah military intelligence officer Asaad Hamieh (also known as Haj Hadi).
What’s more, in the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Yabrud and Sayyida-Zeynab, three other offices have already been opened to mobilize Hezbollah militants stationed in Syria. And a fourth office would start operating in Lebanonneighboring Syria, in the southern suburb of Beirut, controlled by the terrorist organization.
The first stage is scheduled, according to local media, for Tuesday, March 29. Presumably, 200 fighters will be flown from Damascus to a military airbase in the Gomel region of Belarus.
In the recruitment offices, terrorists willing to travel to Ukraine must indicate the name, date of birth, military training and combat experience. Novaya Gazeta details that most of those already recruited belong to the Al-Abbas and Al-Radwan battalions, accustomed to heavy fighting in Syria.
“The Hezbollah units sent to Ukraine could be a serious factor influencing the very course of the ‘special operation,'” the Russian media warns, recalling that Hezbollah is a modern army and that, in fact, “fighting is the way of life” for the group, since the well-being of a Hezbollah member, the standard of living of his family, and his social status directly depend on combat experience.
The news of sending fighters to Ukraine contrasts with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s own statements in a televised speech last week, in which he categorically denied the possibility. However, denying the sending of troops is a systematic practice in the group. For example, he denied his participation in conflicts in Bosnia, Palestine, Yemen and Iraq… And then he ended up admitting to having sent fighters.
The Kremlin and Hezbollah have been working together for years in Syria, where Al Assad has ruled for more than four decades. Russia does not recognize it, but Hundreds of Russians integrated into the ranks of the Wagner Group fight alongside the Syrian government troops. Putin and Nasralla have been the protectors of the ruthless dictator who repeatedly attacked his civilian population with chemical weapons.
The brutality of the Lebanese fighters is also known and repudiated by the Syrians. Putin knows of his effectiveness and that is why he is negotiating to add them to his illegal offensive in Ukraine.
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Putin negotiates sending 800 Hezbollah terrorist group fighters to Ukraine