Due to the lack of infantry, Russia attracts mercenaries from PMC Wagner to the war in Ukraine – British intelligence

About this in daily review reported by the British Ministry of Defence.

“Since March 2022, the Russian PMC Wagner has been operating in eastern Ukraine in coordination with the Russian military. Probably, the Wagner was given responsibility for certain sectors of the front line, like ordinary army units. This is a significant change from the group’s previous work since 2015, when it usually carried out missions other than large-scale open regular Russian military activity.

Wagner PMC mercenaries destroyed by Ukrainian defenders, April 2022 Photo:

British intelligence notes that this new level of integration further undermines the long-standing policy of the Russian authorities to deny links between PMCs and the Russian state.

“The role of PMC Wagner has likely changed because the Russian military establishment is experiencing an acute shortage of combat infantry, but it is unlikely that Wagner forces will be enough to significantly change the trajectory of the war,” the review states.


At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.

Center for Investigative Journalism maintains a daily chronicle Russia’s war against Ukraine on all platforms: YouTube, facebook, Telegram, Twitter

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