Ukraine says 20,000 foreigners have volunteered to fight Russia. Russia's now welcoming 'volunteers,' too.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday approved a proposal from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to recruit "volunteers" to fight in Russia's "Ukrainian liberation movement." Putin, in a televised Security Council meeting, told Shoigu that "if you see that there are people who want to come voluntarily, especially free of charge, and help people living in the Donbas, you need to meet them halfway and help them move to the war zone."

Shoigu told him Russia had already received more than 16,000 applications, most of them from the Middle East — and largely, according to multiple reports, from Syria. "Needing to recruit Syrians only two weeks after you launched an invasion is a surefire sign that your war is running so smoothly," deadpanned Washington Post foreign relations columnist Daniel Drezner.

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