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Russia likely recruited Kurdish mercenaries, Ukraine says, citing intercepted calls

Drones (US Army/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Russia likely recruited Kurdish mercenaries for its war in Ukraine, Kyiv said, citing intercepted phone calls. Ukraine’s military intelligence on February 12 published fragments of a conversation in Kurdish between two drone operators located in Russia-controlled Ukraine two days earlier when Moscow carried out missile attacks on Ukraine. Russia has previously recruited Kurdish fighters for operations in Syria, Ukraine’s military intelligence noted.