Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has dismissed the reports about the presence of Hizbullah fighters in Ukraine as "mere rumors and lies."
"Some Arab satellite TV stations have broadcast reports and attributed them to the General Staff of Ukraine's army. These Arab satellite TV stations claimed that Hizbullah fighters and military experts have become present in Ukraine and are taking part in combat alongside the Russian forces, seeing as they have urban warfare experience," Nasrallah said during the annual meeting with the Hizbullah-affiliated Imam al-Mahdi Scouts.
"I categorically deny anything of this sort. These are baseless lies. No one from Hizbullah, neither a fighter nor an expert, has gone to this war zone," Nasrallah stressed.
He added that, in the coming days, Arab satellite televisions, social media networks and media outlets will keep repeating the chorus of "Hizbullah's intervention in the war in Ukraine" and that his group "will keep issuing statements to deny that."
"I emphasize that these are unfounded claims. These are mere rumors and mere lies," he added.
In an English-language Facebook post overnight Thursday-Friday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had alleged that the Russian army had chosen around 1,000 volunteers from what it dubbed “the so-called army of Bashar al-Assad and Hizbullah.”
“The Command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continues to take measures to make up for the loss of personnel at the expense of foreigners. According to available information, the Russian occupiers have already picked up close to 1,000 volunteers from the so-called army of Bashar al-Assad and Hizbullah,” the General Staff said.
“The main requirement for foreign fighters is the experience of fighting in the city. At the same time, according to available information, the above-mentioned militants do not intend to take part in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, but to use ‘business trips’ as opportunities to get to European countries,” the General Staff added.
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