Ukraine

Rule of law 'out the window' as Putin uses Syrian mercenaries in Ukraine

Expert describes the acts of terror deployed by such forces elsewhere in the past.

An expert has described the potential consequences of President Putin's decision to bring in mercenaries to help fight his illegal war in Ukraine.

Molly Dunigan, a senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation, said that previously used tactics by the same mercenary groups in Syria included acts designed to spread terror.  

Ms Dunigan said that the mercenaries in Ukraine "may not necessary interact well with the Russian military, and co-ordinate well with them in terms of formal command structures".