DIRECT TRANSLATION: How a Retired Russian Army Officer Sends ‘Volunteers’ to Fight in Ukraine

Kremlin Quietly Supports Mercenary Network That Sends Thousands of Fighters to Donbas War
In Yekaterinburg, the main city of Russia’s Ural region, retired army officer Vladimir Yefimov organizes army veterans to fight for Russia in southeastern Ukraine, more than 1,000 miles away. While Russia’s deployment of army troops and non-official Russian “volunteer” fighters in Ukraine is not news, Yefimov describes in new detail how Russian army vets are selected, organized and paid to join the war. His account underscores that the army of Russian “volunteers” is run with at least the tacit help of the Kremlin. Yefimov is a former Special …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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