The mercenary army of Wagner’s chief Yevgeny Prigozhin suffered particularly heavy losses in Ukraine. This is evidenced by the figures published by the leader of the Wagner Group on Telegram. Of the 78,000 combatants sent to the front after the invasion, 22,000 died and 40,000 were wounded.
According to Wagner’s source, the figures date back to 20 May, just after the invasion of Bashmut. The siege of that city – which was completely destroyed – lasted several months. Ukraine held out much longer than expected, but eventually had to abandon the city.
According to Commander Wagner, there are still 25,000 fighters “alive and in good health”, “in addition to a number of wounded who are still being treated.” About 10,000 of them have already left for Belarus, where they are staying in special camps, and 15,000 of them have returned home.
In Belarus, Wagner fighters will also train with local “special forces”. The Belarusian Defense Minister announced this today on Telegram.
With the new numbers, Wagner’s commander contradicts reports by the Russian Defense Ministry that 33,000 Wagner fighters have already signed a contract to join the regular Russian army. “I can’t say where they got that number from. Unless everyone who died and came home signed the contract. Then it’s possible,” it sounds alarming.
The numbers are also remarkable: at least two-thirds of all fighters sent by Wagner to Ukraine were held captive. They came from one of the many penal colonies in Russia.
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