Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 77% of prisoners who were sent to Ukraine through Wagner PMC – Podolyak

Vitaly Saenko 19:33, 01/15/23

29,543 Russian prisoners were killed, wounded or captured.

photo UNIAN, Victor Kovalchuk
photo UNIAN, Victor Kovalchuk

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have already killed 77% of the Russian prisoners who were sent to the war against Ukraine through the private military company Wagner .

Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, announced this on the Twitter microblog .

“PMC” Wagner “through a simplified” procedure “withdrew from the subordination of the Federal Penitentiary Service (prisons and colonies) – 38,244 people for use in genocide …” Podolyak said.

At the same time, as noted by the adviser to the head of the OP, the Armed Forces of Ukraine “deregistered” (killed, wounded, sent into obscurity or captivity) – 29 thousand 543.

“Mogilization of Russian prisoners now is 77%,” Podolyak stressed.

Until 2022, the private army of Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as the “Wagner Group” or “PMC Wagner”, was staffed by mercenaries from among the former Russian military and police. But against the backdrop of the scale of the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, Prigozhin decided to increase the size of his group at the expense  of prisoners from Russian prisons .

At the moment, a lot of amnestied prisoners are fighting in the ranks of PMCs. The command of the Russian Federation does not hide why they need them. “Zeks” are deliberately sent into battle without food. This decision is due to the clear realization that  prisoners do not live long in the war .

“Wagnerites” concentrated in Bakhmut and Soledar. The assault on Soledar in the Donetsk region and other cities costs Wagner huge losses. We are talking about  tens of thousands of corpses.

The “Wagner Group” became notorious in the war as the unit with  the highest mortality  among all Russian forces. 

(C)UNIAN 2023

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