“Wagner Group, a Kremlin-linked Russian private military company, has been conducting a campaign to recruit Russian convicts for service in Ukraine. Prisoners have been offered commutation of their sentences, “as well as cash incentives.”
There’s a BBC-verified video of Wagner owner Yevgeny Prigozhin making a recruiting pitch to prisoners. Prigozhin emphasized he’s seeking “fighters for assault units.”
Russian military academies are shortening the graduation timelines of cadets so they’ll be ready for battle in Ukraine at an earlier juncture.
Russia’s manpower challenge has become “increasingly severe.” The acceleration of the cadet officers’ training, and Wagner’s demand for assault troops, suggest “two of the most critical shortages within the military manning crisis are probably combat infantry and junior commanders.””
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