The Ukrainian National Resistance Centre, controlled by the Ukrainian government’s Special Operations Forces, has reported the presence of Malaysian mercenaries fighting alongside Russian forces in the Donetsk region. This development is indicative of a broader strategy by Russia to recruit mercenaries from around the world to sustain its military campaign in Ukraine.
According to the Centre, “The Russians continue to collect mercenaries from all countries in the world to continue their aggressive policy.” This strategy has been a feature of the conflict since its inception, with the engagement of multiple foreign nationals in the war. Reports have consistently highlighted the presence of fighters from Cuba, Nepal, Belarus, and Serbia within the ranks of the Russian forces.
The involvement of these international mercenaries in the conflict is aligned with previous reports that the Russian government has been offering incentives to attract foreign fighters, including expedited citizenship.