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Vladimir Putin Hiring Mercenaries & Convicts After Losing 50,000 Russian Troops In Ukraine

Vladimir Putin Hiring Mercenaries & Convicts To Fight In Ukraine
Source: Mega

Jul. 19 2022, Published 10:25 a.m. ET

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Vladimir Putin has hired a group of mercenaries and enlisted a slew of Russian convicts to help make up for the nearly 50,000 troops he has lost in Ukraine, Radar has learned.

The startling revelation came over the weekend after the United Kingdom’s Minister of Defense, Ben Wallace, claimed that despite Russia’s territorial gains in Ukraine, Putin and the Kremlin have suffered a devastating loss of troops since first invading the nation on February 24.

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Vladimir Putin Hiring Mercenaries & Convicts To Fight In Ukraine
Source: Mega

Wallace also revealed that Putin – in an effort to make up for his lost forces – hired a mercenary firm called the Wagner Group to supply fighters.

The Wagner Group is reportedly made up of “mercenaries, convicts and blacklisted individuals” who are essentially guns for hire – although, according to Wallace, the Wagner Group’s forces have also suffered devastating losses on the frontlines of the current Ukraine conflict.

“The fighting has inflicted heavy casualties on the group,” the U.K. Minister of Defense said on Sunday.

“Wagner are lowering recruitment standards, hiring convicts and formerly blacklisted individuals while very limited training is available to new recruits,” Wallace continued.

“This will highly likely impact on the future operational effectiveness of the group and will reduce its value as a prop to the regular Russian forces.”

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Vladimir Putin Hiring Mercenaries & Convicts To Fight In Ukraine
Source: Mega

The new development comes just more than one week after the Wagner Group was caught on video recruiting Russian convicts from a Moscow prison on July 7.

“It was on 7 July 2022 at Colony N1,” a convict, who did not agree to join the fight in Ukraine, told a prison rights group at the time. “Inmates are waiting for a chat with Wagner Group recruiters.”

“About 300 inmates agreed to go,” the prisoner added, while another inmate in the clip can be overheard saying, “F------ hell, so many people.”

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Putin’s forces are not only suffering from a severe lack of soldiers, but they are also suffering from a severe lack of adequate equipment.

In June, shortly after the Russia-Ukraine war reached its 100th day, Russian soldiers complained that they didn’t even have proper toilet paper.

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Vladimir Putin Hiring Mercenaries & Convicts To Fight In Ukraine
Source: Mega

“These conditions are likely a major contributing factor to Russian demoralization and the growing refusal of servicemen to return to frontline units,” the Institute for the Study of War echoed at the time.

Putin has also reportedly called retired Russian army veterans back to the frontlines, as well as young conscripts who are not yet 18 years old.

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