He Kremlin granted this Saturday the pardon 5,000 criminals who made up the ranks of the group of mercenaries Wagner. According to the authorities, after fulfill their “contract” to fight the conflict in Ukrainestarted a year ago, have obtained this official pardon.
“At this time, more than 5,000 people have been released under pardon after completing their contracts with Wagner”wrote the leader of the organization Yevgeny Prigozhin in a message posted on Telegram and picked up by the Russian newspaper Kommersant.
Next, Prigozhin celebrated that -according to studies by his own group- only 0.31% of these individuals reoffended in criminal activityresulting in a figure “between 10 and 20 times lower than the usual average”.
Wagner’s militias are mainly made up of inmates who are recruited from penitentiaries and who are seduced with the possibility of regaining their freedom in exchange for serving on the battlefield for six months. To carry out this recruitment, the unlimited access to Russian prisons that Putin granted it, the United Kingdom maintains.
This has also highlighted the desperate situation of the Kremlin since most of these combatants do not have the necessary military training to undertake an undertaking of this magnitude.
As a result, the British Intelligence services have denounced that at least half of the 40,000 conscripts have died.
In any case, Prigozhin continues with his strategy and, last week, announced a new recruiting campaignalthough this time Sport centers, in almost fifty cities across the country. Once again, these summoned lack the necessary training to face the cruel combats of the war.
In this operation it is expected to achieve the registration of some 30,000 volunteerswhich means a rate of between 500 and 800 new people per day.
“For middle of Maywe plan to increase the number of combatants in our units by about 30,000″, he declared during the announcement and celebrated that it was going better than he expected and that the volunteers are in better physical shape than previous combatants.
The fighters of the Wagner Group with their fierce tacticsthey have assumed key roles in Ukraineparticularly in Russia’s aggressive campaign to seize the city of Bakhmutin the eastern Donetsk province.
The strongest fighting is currently centered there and has even been compared to the battles of the First World War.
In any case, the growing power of Prigozhin and the role of his militia in the conflict have not been well received by all sectors of the Russian elite, which is why, in February, a long quarrel between the Wagner leader and the Russian military chiefs.
(With information from Europa Press)
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