Russia tries to recruit drivers who know Ukrainian roads

Online job postings are looking for truck drivers to transport fuel and other items. Some of them promise to work along the Ukrainian border with Russia and Belarus. But the Ukrainian government says the postings are tied to the Russian military – an attempt to hire local truckers who know Ukrainian roads.

There has been a surge in online advertisements for trucking jobs in Ukraine since March 19, according to the Center for Combating Disinformation, which is part of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. But anyone who applies could be held hostage and put in dangerous situations – and possibly be forced to commit crimes against their own country, the agency said.

The warning signs include advertisements for truckers with experience driving tank trucks – likely to supply Russian vehicles, the agency said – and refrigerated cargo – likely to transport bodies, a- she declared.

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Some of the ads mention working along the borders of Ukraine, or in Georgia or Armenia, but others are looking for drivers who know the roads in Ukraine, the agency added.

The agency said the ads were part of the Russian military’s attempt to give new impetus to its invasion, which was hampered by both Ukrainian resistance and poor logistical planning.

This story originally appeared in the morning edition live blog.

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