February 7, 2023

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Ukrainian secret services condemn the brutality of the Wagner group in the east of the country

A Ukrainian intelligence report demonstrates how Wagner Group’s fighters, despite being considered expendable, were effective in the fighting. Surroundings of Pakmut. Russian mercenaries are engaged in heavy fighting in Soledar in the Donets region.

Dated December, report Retrieved from CNN Despite the high number of casualties, the group, led by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, represents a strong threat. “The death of thousands of Wagner soldiers does not matter to Russian society. Attacking parties do not withdraw without orders. A group withdrawing without authorization or unwounded will be executed on the spot,” the document states.

Wounded partisans are left on the battlefield for hours. “Assault infantry are not authorized to carry the wounded from the battlefield by themselves, as their main task is to continue the attack until the objective is achieved. If the attack fails, withdrawal is allowed only at night,” the report added.

Ukrainian analysis, Ukrainian analysis, Wagner Group’s tactics are “effective only for poorly trained troops. And: the Russian army can adapt these tactics to the same as Wagner Group. “Instead of the classic battalion tactical groups of the Russian Armed Forces, assault units are proposed,” the report says.

Wagner fighters are organized into about a dozen mobile groups, use rocket-propelled grenades and are exploring the use of real-time drones, which the document calls a “key element.” They are also seeking communications equipment from Motorola, which has stopped all sales to Russia and told CNN it has closed operations in the country.

The high number of victims is related to the fact that, in most cases, prisoners make up the first wave of attacks. More experienced and better protected fighters follow, for example with night vision equipment. Major General Isidro Pereira Explained before Expresso Members of the group, which recruited tens of thousands of prisoners – “are thrown in waves in front of Ukraine’s defense positions”, acting as “cannon fodder”.

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For Ukrainian forces, drones are critical in preventing them from being “overwhelmed” by grenade attacks. The report describes an incident in December in which a drone spotted an advancing Wagner group, allowing Ukrainian defenses to clear it before the grenades were thrown.

When Wagner forces take a stand, artillery support allows them to dig trenches, but these are vulnerable to attacks in open terrain and coordination between team members and the Russian army is often poor, the Secret Service notes.

On January 11, Prigozhin announced the capture of the city of Soledar, which was not recognized by Ukraine. Two days later, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the victory. ‚ÄúThere is no faction other than Wagner Solitaire is involved in the capture“, Prigozhin assured. The group is probably “the most experienced army in the world today” and will “continue to progress” in its own ways, the leader added.