Ukraine forms battalion of Russians ready to fight against Kremlin
Ukraine is recruiting a new battalion named Sibir consisting entirely of Russian citizens. These soldiers will become part of the regular Ukrainian army and will go to war against the Kremlin
It is noted that "the Sibir (Siberia) battalion has brought together dozens of Russians and people from ethnic minorities in Russia who traveled via third countries because they wanted to join the Ukrainian army."
"Unlike volunteer groups such as the Freedom of Russia legion that have declared their support for Ukraine, the soldiers are part of the regular Ukrainian army and expect to be sent into battle very soon," the statement said.
The Sibir Battalion is made up of Yakuts and Buryats from Russia's vast Eastern Siberia region who have stated that they want independence from Russia and see Ukraine's victory in the war as a step toward that goal. They first underwent a thorough security check to ensure that they were supporters of Ukraine, then signed a military contract, adopting army call signs to protect their identities.
It is known that Ukraine is planning to involve more Russian citizens, especially representatives of national minorities, in the war against Putin.
On the night of October 25, Russian invaders attacked Ukraine with drones. But the air defense forces destroyed all 11 hostile drones.