The problem with the OP is that he didn't really do a good job in the OP; a youtube vid, a link and a one liner. Nevertheless, the thread generated a decent amount of discussion, so I'm going to create a valid OP.
Second, as we all should know a valid OP includes a brief description on what to discuss, a link, and the poster's own opinion. So here goes:
Long story short, due to Gorbachev-Yeltsin reforms, the situation of veterans who fought in post Soviet Conflicts was rather shameful; they were denied housing, and sometimes even food. In the "most Westernized Republic of Ukraine where Capitalism Reigns Supreme", (as if you can introduce actual Capitalism to a public that doesn't know the basics, well according to Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Dolts and Co. you can, according to reality, not quite so much,) the poor treatment of the military continued until 2008, with Yushenko's Revolution and all of that Foreign Funded crap hailed as the "Orange Revolution". In reality, Ukraine got more despair, and less Social Rights. And Yanukovich cannot undo two and a half decades of harmful crap in three years, so the situation for war vets in Ukraine is desperate, but hey, at least the PR masters have good housing. FTW right?
So they're making a proposal to Assad: "we'll help ya out, if you give us Social Rights!" Or, as they say: http://syriareport.net/report-russian-u ... rian-army/
A veteran Ukrainian intelligence officer made an unusual statement recently, pledging Russian and and Ukrainian volunteers for fighting alongside the Syrian army.
In a mid-May video statement announcing the establishment of the volunteer corps, Commander Sergey Razumovsky addressed his appeal ”all veterans of military service of the Soviet Union, all Russian and Ukrainian officers, residing in the Ukraine.”
Referring to poor living conditions of veterans in the country, namely “the lack of housing”, the former officer says that due to this situation, veterans can offer their skills to Syria in it’s efforts to restore constitutional order.
Recognising the fact that Syrian law does not allow foreigners to join the national armed forces, Razumovsky said Syria could give citizenship status to the volunteers, provide insurance to the volunteer’s families to help with the purchase of property after the war.
My view is - why the heck not? I'd rather die fighting than starving. Just seems like a quicker, less painful death. Also, Saudi Arabia is likely sending fighters, why not make a counter?
Third, the previous thread ended with Nixon and Blazedtown blaming Russia, and I have a sarcastic response that I must use:
Damn, I didn't know that Russia was skilled enough to create poverty conditions for war vets in Ukraine during Yushenko's term, who's as anti-Russian as you can get away with in Ukraine. I guess we're skilled like that /sarcasm
So NSG, thoughts?