Russian military recruit labor migrants from Central Asia for the war in Ukraine

10:17 08 May Kyiv, Ukraine

According to intelligence from the UK Department of Defense, the Russian military recruits labor migrants from Central Asia living in Russia.

Recruiters visit mosques and immigration offices, where they try to recruit new recruits. They offer migrants high salaries and registration bonuses, as well as an accelerated path to obtaining Russian citizenship..

According to intelligence, some migrants agree to serve and can be sent to the front line.

The recruitment of migrants is part of the Russian Defense Ministry's efforts to meet its goal of recruiting 400,000 volunteers to fight in Ukraine.

These actions may be related to attempts to delay any new open mandatory mobilization for as long as possible in order to minimize internal divisions in Russia.