The International Volunteer Battalion ‘Crusader’ [Krestonosets – Russian] is to be manned by pro-Russian separatists fighting against Ukraine’s army.
According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Intelligence Agency, two recruiting units have been recently opened in Donbas. They are situated in the villages of Makiyivka and Khartsyzk. Propaganda leaflets calling to join the ranks of a volunteer battalion which is to fight for Bashar al-Assad are being distributed there.
The recruiters offer high salaries, but there are no social guarantees.