The Balkans have become a major region for Moscow to recruit mercenaries to bolster the ranks of its military, Ukraine’s Center of National Resistance said in a message on its website on Jan. 6.
According to the report, one of the recruiters is Dejan Beric – a Serbian national living in Russia. He is a former mercenary who previously fought in Ukraine, back in 2014.
Another Serb, Zhika Radojic, is a well-known soldier-for-hire, who is now participating in a Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
CNR reiterated that being foreign citizens does not absolve combatants from the responsibility of participating in an illegal invasion of a sovereign state.
Earlier, Russian news outlet Vazhnyie Istorii reported that since the end of September 2022, the Russian Ministry of Defense has been recruiting convicts to participate in the invasion of Ukraine.