Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Russia recruits French Foreign Legion volunteers for Ukraine

French Foreign Legion
Russia recruits French Foreign Legion volunteers for Ukraine

Russian representatives have tried to recruit veterans of the French Foreign Legion to take part in combat on the side of the terrorists in eastern Ukraine, offering up to EUR 10,000 per month, reports the Ukrinform news agency, June 23,  citing veterans of the legion.

According to the news agency, veterans of the French Foreign Legion report that they learned of these efforts while representing private security firms at Eurosatory-2014, the international defense and security exhibition, held in Paris, June 16-20.

“I am well aware that several of my friends, legionnaire veterans, were informally approached by Russian representatives to take part in combat in eastern Ukraine on the side of the so-called militias.” They promised to provide full equipment and weaponry and to smuggle them to the war zone. They also promised payment of EUR 10,000,” reported one of the sources, who asked not to be named.

According to the source, upon agreement, the mercenary was offered his choice of weapons and payment in cash or on a banking card at any foreign bank. The highest level of recruitment activity was evident in May and June. However, the source also said that none of his acquaintances among the veterans of the Foreign Legion had accepted this “tempting” offer.

Another former legionnaire, who also requested anonymity, confirmed the information on Russian attempts to recruit his former colleagues.

According to him, several people from the Russian Federation came to France for this purpose. “They worked primarily with veterans of the Foreign Legion who were of Slavic origin, including Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Moldovans and immigrants from the republics of former Yugoslavia, and they looked for pro-Russian (ideologically minded) fighters,” he said, adding that he did not know for sure if anybody had accepted this offer.

However, he suggested that the former legionnaires who agreed could be used in a dirty campaign to discredit Ukraine. “We in France have been monitoring events in Ukraine and Russia very closely for the past several months — what techniques and equipment the Kremlin is using,” he said.

In his view, it is possible that “in case of the death in battle of former legionnaires in eastern Ukraine, Russia and Russian TV could present them as individuals participating in ATO (antiterrorist) activities on the side of the Ukrainian army and as fighters in private foreign military units,” he said. In that case, the existing documents of the deceased individual  also could be used to accuse Ukraine in the international arena, he added.

Translation: Anna Mostovych

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Premium journalism from across Europe.
    • Tailored to your needs, translated into English.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts