Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence (HUR) reported that Russia has intensified attempts to recruit Africans to fight in Ukraine, according to a tweet from the UK Ministry of Defence.

The update specifies that “these recruitment efforts focus on the central African countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, and Uganda.”

Russia is reportedly offering incentives including “a sign-up bonus of $2,000, monthly pay of $2,200, and the promise of a Russian passport.”


The UK Ministry of Defence suggests this recruitment campaign is “likely to replace Russian battlefield losses, which are significant, and to sustain offensive activity in multiple axes across the front.” The tweet notes that with “Russia’s finite pool of convict recruitment likely culminated, Russia is likely expanding its recruitment across the global south, to avoid additional mobilisations within Russia itself.”

The update also highlights the domestic implications of previous mobilisations, stating that they “resulted in a record labour shortage and an exodus of skilled workers such as doctors and IT professionals.”

This suggests that further domestic mobilisation is “domestically unpopular for President Putin and the Russian government.”

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826445)
16 days ago

Desperate stuff.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_826469)
16 days ago

Truly crazy.

And what will the morale be like for people not used to the European winter? Particularly as they will have all the world class battle field kit promised…..not!

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_826591)
16 days ago

And them waking up to being duped to fight in this conflict. Absolutely a dead end on Evil st! Quite literally.
Let’s hope the world’s eyes are on Russia and its friends while the Olympics are on. 🕵️

Last edited 16 days ago by Quentin D63
Mark B
Mark B (@guest_826486)
16 days ago

…. and should you survive you will be able to enjoy a holiday in Cuba or North Korea. Sounds fantanstic.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_826590)
16 days ago
Reply to  Mark B

I don’t know why the US still has embargoes on Cuba? Why not try and make up even partially and have some sort of economic relationship? Stop the wasting of time and engage.

Spartan47
Spartan47 (@guest_826641)
16 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

100% agree

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_826666)
16 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Yes. To still be angry about whatever happened 60 years on does seem a little excessive. That said perhaps they burried something that otherwise might have ended badly for a lot of people. Something that never fully was made public.

Tim
Tim (@guest_826968)
14 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Why ? Because Cuba nationalised U.S assets and didn’t compensate them and then ran a vile government that ignores human rights

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_827514)
12 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Still, it’s good to have some eyeball to eyeball relationship even if there’s been a bit of bad history which is not always one sided. Buy them a drink, have a meal, explore business, trade, tourism, hell, invite them to the White House! There’ll always be something to connect on. There’re right in the US’s back yard or, is their front yard?…lol😆. Doesn’t the US still operate the Guamtunamo (?) facility there, how does that work then?

Cymbeline
Cymbeline (@guest_826750)
15 days ago

Take into account Putins latest offering of a ceasefire if Ukraine agrees to handover the 4 claimed regions plus a load of other demands that would be completely unacceptable to any nation which they must know, you would have to conclude there must be another motive. Chuck in Medvedev call for mass disruption of Western systems such as banking, government, energy and many other sectors by the established APT cyber groups to commit as much mayhem aa possible. I can only assume he us trying to oysh NATO into the conflict so they can in their books launch a strategic… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826778)
15 days ago
Reply to  Cymbeline

Maybe mate. We need to be seen to be serious and both party’s in the future rhetoric doesn’t yet cover that.

Cymbeline
Cymbeline (@guest_826780)
15 days ago

I read that Russia Haa lost huge numbers in the last week or so, also Ukraine hitting high value targets. I get the impression from the Russian rhetoric they are starting to get a bit desperate and that could lead to dangerous actions. Fully agree they need to be faced down.

Dern
Dern (@guest_827091)
14 days ago

They’ve been doing this since 2022, it’s just it’s had very limited success and the Russian’s don’t broadcast much about their mercenaries, so it’s well outside the public consciousness.

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach (@guest_826448)
16 days ago

It’s frightening how far this madman will go. 😡

Micki
Micki (@guest_826453)
16 days ago

If you believe everything from ukrainian media… still I haven,t seen a single african soldier with russian uniform.

Last edited 16 days ago by Micki
Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach (@guest_826456)
16 days ago
Reply to  Micki

Read the article again.

jjsmallpiece
jjsmallpiece (@guest_826467)
16 days ago
Reply to  Micki

Just look harder. Plenty of videos on YouTube showing lads recruited from Africa in Russia

Jacko
Jacko (@guest_826500)
16 days ago
Reply to  Micki

Plenty of videos about.

Gareth
Gareth (@guest_826596)
16 days ago
Reply to  Micki

And Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan govt recently said that a number of their people had been killed fighting for Russia in Ukraine and that a number of others had desserted the Russian army and made it back home. Apparently they were offerred ‘work’ only to then be sent to the front lines, and had their passports confiscated.

https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-russia-army-ukraine-war-b2554439.html

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach (@guest_826461)
16 days ago

Just listened to and read some of the Labour manifesto. On defence they will “set out a path” to spending 2.5 per cent but with no time frame, but we will get a defence commissioner. Wow!!

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_826470)
16 days ago
Reply to  Geoff Roach

Defence Kommissar – Da Komrad!

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach (@guest_826718)
15 days ago

🕵👍

Jonno
Jonno (@guest_827356)
12 days ago

Labour is so 1917. Watch out, they will be conducting a doomsday book on everyones house to see how many immigrant families they can accomodate. Votes for 16 year olds and an amnesty for all illegals and they will be in power for 20 years!

lordtemplar
lordtemplar (@guest_826483)
16 days ago

funny no mension of pensions, i guess they are not expected to live that long

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_826504)
16 days ago

Genocidal superpower seeks recruits from genocidal countries.

Crabfat
Crabfat (@guest_826539)
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Perhaps these Africans are wanting to leave countries ruled by despots, autocrats and dictators, for a place with more freedom???

lordtemplar
lordtemplar (@guest_826548)
16 days ago
Reply to  Crabfat

to be used as cannon fodder by another tyrant?

Cj
Cj (@guest_826581)
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Superpowers a bit of a push is it not?

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_826589)
16 days ago

Is it time for more counter and foreign relations engagement with these countries, despite differences, by the UK, Europe, USA, the West in general, even the UN, to make them more aware of what’s happening to their own peoples ? Even Nepal has had some of its people bribed or enticed to fight with Russian forces. Absolute madness, maybe brainwashed, bad choice, maybe no choice for some? Do their home governments care for their own people going abroad as mercenaries?

Last edited 16 days ago by Quentin D63
Ian
Ian (@guest_826599)
16 days ago

Money’s no good if you’re too dead to spend it.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_826735)
15 days ago
Reply to  Ian

Even kleptocracies have accountants just as the mob does……it is a saving……

Bringer of Facts
Bringer of Facts (@guest_826654)
16 days ago

There has been a huge effort by Russia (and Iran/China) put into generating anti-western revisionist propaganda by Citing and amplifying negative history such as colonisation/exploitation/slave trade as a tool to cause the younger generation to rebel against or hate their own history.

And then, they exploit the ‘cheap’ resources of Africa to fuel their wars

Last edited 16 days ago by Bringer of Facts
Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_827515)
12 days ago

And they don’t allow any real questioning by their citizens of their own propaganda!

Graham Moore
Graham Moore (@guest_826759)
15 days ago

OT, slightly.
BBC News on-line (2/8/23) stated that there are 5,000 Russian women on deployment in Ukraine. Now 3 days ago reports (Business Insider, NY Times, Yahoo News) that they are now recruiting female convicts.

wasp snorter
wasp snorter (@guest_826766)
15 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

I’d expect Ukraine to do any desperate act to save their country, so whatever it takes, so not sure why that’s being raised. But it’s interesting to see how an invading force of a sovereign nation with vague objectives shores up it’s losses.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore (@guest_826941)
15 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

In case anyone is confused, these are Russian women (non-convicts) and now Russian female convicts in the Russian Army.

Dern
Dern (@guest_827092)
14 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Hilarious. I’ll back women’s right to fight on the front line to the hilt, but Russia under Putin has been so big on the “Stronk masucline Russia, beat sissy NATO who let girls fight for them.” that it’s just funny seeing them cave.

James
James (@guest_827213)
13 days ago

Fully expecting a North Korean ‘training exercise’ involving many thousands of troops in eastern Ukraine anytime soon. At least when they do some nations can respond in kind and send a training mission to the East.