Vladimir Putin’s forces are relying on convicts to fill gaps on Ukraine’s front lines as troop numbers dwindle, Defense Ministry says
- Around 50,000 Russian soldiers are said to have been killed, wounded or captured
- The Kremlin has since hired the Wagner Group mercenary to supply soldiers
- Their resources are running out after fighting in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions
Russia is increasingly relying on “convicts and blacklisted individuals” to fill gaps in its front-line forces, Britain’s Defense Ministry claimed yesterday.
But the group’s resources are also running out after fighting in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Russia has made territorial gains, but at a significant cost. Yesterday, the Ministry of Defense said: “The fighting has inflicted heavy casualties on the group.
“Wagner is lowering recruiting standards, hiring convicts and formerly blacklisted individuals, while very limited training is available to new recruits.
“This will most likely affect the future operational effectiveness of the group and reduce its value as a pillar for the regular Russian armed forces.”
Russia is increasingly relying on “convicts and blacklisted individuals” to fill gaps in its front-line troops, Britain’s MoD claimed yesterday, as 50,000 of Putin’s troops are believed dead, wounded or captured since the president (pictured) invaded Ukraine
It comes as video shows the moment prisoners from a desolate Russian prison are recruited to fight in Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
The inmates are taken to their prison yard to enlist in the Wagner private army to bolster Moscow’s armed forces.
Around 300 convicts from prison in the impoverished Russian republic of Adygea chose to become front-line combatants in exchange for release from the penal colony and an amnesty.
The video, filmed by an inmate, shows prisoners meeting with representatives of Wagner, which works closely with the Russian Defense Ministry and the FSB security service.
Critics see the recruitment of prisoners as “frontline cannon fodder” as a sign of Russia’s desperation.
A source told prison rights group gulagu.net: “It was July 7, 2022 in colony N1.
“The inmates are waiting to speak to Wagner Group recruiters.
“Approximately 300 inmates have agreed to leave.”
Voices can be heard on the video saying, “Fuck hell, so many people.”
This prison has 1,350 convicts, including murderers.