The Russian mercenary group Wagner, which is trying to strengthen its units after heavy losses in eastern Ukraine, has opened 58 recruitment centers in 42 Russian cities, its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin announced today.
Wagner’s mercenaries are in the front lines of the fight to capture the Ukrainian city Bahmutwhich have been going on for several months. Prigozhin has admitted that they suffered heavy losses in these clashes, reports the French news agency AFP.
During the period of tension with the Russian Ministry of Defense, it did Prigozhin has complained several times because he can no longer recruit Russian prisoners, whom he recruited en masse to fight in Ukraine in exchange for lower sentences. Now he has changed his tactics and is looking for new mercenaries in the conscripts centerswhich were established mostly in gyms.
Through his press office, he announced that they had opened recruitment centers in 42 Russian cities, at the same time attached their list. However, he did not specify how many mercenaries he plans to acquire and in what time frame.
To stem the string of humiliating setbacks Russia suffered last summer on the battlefields of Ukraine, Moscow announced the mobilization of 300,000 reservists in September. At the same time, the Wagner group was allowed to recruit several thousand fighters from Russian prisons in exchange for amnesty after six months at the front.
In recent weeks, however, tensions between the General Staff of the Russian Army and Prigozinomwhile Russia is on the offensive in the East the region Donetsk basin made little progress.