Next stop Syria? Ukraine rebels weigh options as fighting stops

Pro-Russian fighters in Ukraine are considering leaving for Syria to support Moscow's intervention in the countryAs 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. “There are no more battles and some people are bored,” a bearded rebel fighter who goes by the name of Turok (the “Turk”) told AFP. Over 18 months of fighting between government forces and pro-Moscow insurgents — who the West and Kiev insists are backed by Russia — has come to a sudden halt since the two sides agreed a new truce at the start of September.

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