Russia sent 400 prisoners from Tambov to the war in Ukraine — General Staff
Russia sent 400 criminal prisoners from the Russian city of Tambov to the war in Ukraine.
This was reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Criminals are sent to strengthen Russian troops in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
In the morning summary, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted that due to a significant lack of human and material resources, Russian invaders continue to resort to non-standard ways to replenish their losses.
“So, 400 people serving sentences for criminal offenses were sent from the Russian city of Tambov to strengthen the fighting units in Ukraine,” the report said.
In addition, according to the General Staff, “Afghan soldiers” NGOs from the Russian Krasnodar region received the task of collecting money from the local residents to purchase warm clothing for the regional volunteer battalion.
Earlier, it became known that Russian prisoners were recruited to fight in Ukraine and instead were promised freedom for good service.
A video with Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of Wagner PMC, personally speaking to criminals was released on the web.
In the video, a Russian oligarch and a confidant of Vladimir Putin says that prisoners aged 22 to 50 are accepted into the ranks of “Wagnerites” (mercenaries – ed.) with some exceptions.
Yevgeny Prigozhin promises criminals “attitude as to other military” and, at the same time, warns that his mercenaries have no right to retreat and appear alive in captivity. Therefore, each will be given two grenades and instructions on how to behave after the proposal to lay down their weapons.
The so-called Wagner PMC accepts only “stormtroopers” — the fighters who should lead in attacking the defensive positions of the enemy.
It is known that now the Russian military leadership is trying to compensate for its losses in the war with Ukraine at the expense of prisoners. Criminals are offered a criminal record quitting after three months of service in units participating in hostilities on Ukrainian territory. For repeat offenders or those convicted of serious crimes, this period is six months.
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