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After losing more than 30,000 soldiers, the brutal Wagner Group is now recruiting in Russian schools
By: Katie Balevic - Insider News - 03-12-23 ~ 11:46 AM

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Ukrainian Army replacement troops go through combat training on February 24, 2023, in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. According to the group's commander, the unit was badly depleted in recent weeks of vicious fighting against Russian Wagner mercenary forces, losing more than half its combat strength due to wounded and killed in action. John Moore/Getty Images

* The Wagner Group, which has lost 30,000 soldiers in Ukraine, is now recruiting in Russian schools.

* It's opened six recruitment centers to attract "impressionable" youth recruits, an ISW report said.

* Yevgeny Prigozhin, the group's founder, has pleaded for more ammo amid brutal fighting in Bakhmut.

A private military company has opened recruiting stations in Russian schools in the hopes of attracting "impressionable" youth recruits, according to a new report.

The Wagner Group, considered President Vladimir Putin's private army, has already lost some 30,000 fighters to death and injury since Russia started the war last February, Insider previously reported.

Many of those soldiers were former prisoners who joined Wagner's ranks to get out of jail.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the group's founder, said he wants to strengthen the group's ideological ambitions via recruitment centers at schools and youth sports clubs, according to a Saturday report from the Institute for the Study of War. The group has already opened six recruitment centers in Russia, the ISW said, citing Russian media.

In Apatity, Murmansk Oblast, members of the Wagner Group shared "heroic stories" and promoted the "little Wagner" youth camp in Crimea, according to the ISW report. The goal, per the ISW, is to conform impressionable youth recruits to "Prigozhin's extremist ideological brand of Russian ultranationalism."

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Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin addresses former convicts as he releases them from serving in his mercenary army, according to state-controlled media. RIA Novosti

Both Russian and Ukrainian sources have reported heavy fighting in the city of Bakhmut, where Wagner Group fighters are "likely becoming increasingly pinned in urban areas," making it difficult to make advances, the ISW report said.

A Ukrainian soldier said last week that the fighting in Bakhmut is getting so close that they've had to resort to fistfights to take on the Russian mercenaries.

[ What the hell! In the past, Putin has also relied on the Wagner Group for Russian influence efforts in the Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, and Syria.]
Personal note: I can't believe the last line in this report. Russia hired these thugs
to let them to do what they should've done - and how much did cost hire them?
Too much of these hired gun program's - which should be extremely illegal!
Their operations are not as per US & NATO agreements & why pay for outfits
to go in and kill - and for whatever reasons? Because we can't - or we just
didn't want to get involved? These thugs show know no mercy - they kill
and then move on - and kill another.
3rd world killer's for hire - what a racket - should be illegal as hell & why now
are we giving way to hired guns? Is it to protect our interest? Would "The Geneva Convention" authorize such operation's as being somewhat cruel as in inhumane
type operations?
Russia hired them - and they didn't show any mercy. If you notice Russia's military manpower wants no part of this conflict. - and they are poorly trained and armed
- but Ukraine is still knocking them off - and they are getting their his ass kicked -
all the time. Hired guns are mercenaries' - no rules - they do it their way!

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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