Members from a unit of the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic train at a range on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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DONETSK, Ukraine: As fighting has dropped off in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels are weighing their options: wait for the conflict to resume, return to civilian life or even head to war-torn Syria.Now some of the rebels in Ukraine – many of whom hail from Russia and are described by the Kremlin as volunteers – say they are considering making for the front line in Syria.Infamous rebel commander Motorola – a native Russian who told a local newspaper in April that he had killed 15 Ukrainian servicemen in his captivity – is among the separatist fighters who have relocated to Syria, Turok claimed.The head of Russia's parliamentary committee on defense, Vladimir Komoedov, said Monday that he was sure pro-Moscow volunteers from eastern Ukraine would eventually end up fighting with Assad's forces.Russia's airstrikes in Syria have overshadowed the Ukrainian conflict in the Russia media, which has devoted hours of coverage to Moscow's actions several thousand kilometers away.
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