According to Al-Hadath and Al-Arabiya, on March 12, the leader of Hezbollah’s security unit, Naji Hassan Al-Shartouni, met with one of the members of the Russian security company “Wagner,” Alexander Kuznetsov, at the Russian base in Latakia.
The meeting resulted in a decision to recruit 800 Hezbollah fighters to fight alongside Russian forces in Ukraine, to enter the street war in Kyiv, in exchange for a deal to purchase weapons with the Russian company Almaz.
The party’s Liaison and Coordination Committee opened the mobilization office in Al-Qusayr two days after the meeting to register the names of the members. The next step in this deal is to expand the activity and open three additional recruitment offices in Aleppo, Yabroud, and Sayyida Zainab, but the effects of this deal will extend to Beirut, where it is scheduled to open. According to sources, an office in the southern suburbs will be opened to register party members who want to fight in Ukraine.
According to sources, the personnel will be transported to Ukraine in the following manner: The first stop will be Damascus International Airport, where 200 personnel will be transferred as a first batch next Tuesday, March 29, to the Gomel Oblast military airport in southwestern Belarus, where they will be transferred to the Ukrainian interior in the next stage.
It is noteworthy that the party members are in their twenties and were born in the late 1990s and early 2000s.