The British Defense Ministry has revealed that Russia has been utilizing mercenaries from the private military contractor Wagner to bolster its regular troops engaged in combat in Ukraine.
In a tweet, the defense ministry said that the Wagner Group had decreased its employment requirements and had begun using former inmates and those on the blacklist.
“Wagner are lowering recruitment standards, hiring convicts, and formerly blacklisted individuals. Very limited training is made available to new recruits. This will highly likely impact on the future operational effectiveness of the group and will reduce its value as prop to the regular Russian forces,” a portion of the statement from the defense ministry read.
According to the defense ministry’s update, the fact that Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the leader of Wagner, just won a prestigious national honor for his military prowess could contribute to the escalation of hostilities between the Russian military and the mercenary group.
Conflicts in unstable nations around the world, such as Mali, Libya, Syria, Mozambique, and the Central African Republic, have long involved the Wagner Group.
Human rights organizations accuse its mercenaries of killing innocent civilians and committing other human rights violations.
Wagner was thought to have first manifested in 2014, the year of Russia’s illegitimate annexation of Crimea, despite the fact that its structure and even existence are under dispute.
Since then, the name has grown to represent a vast and mysterious network of organizations and companies.
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