More than 400 prisoners recruited by the private military company Wagner Group have died in Ukraine over the past two weeks, the BBC’s Russian section has reported. Mass graves of “Wagnerians” have appeared, among others, near occupied Luhansk in Donbass and Krasnodar Krai in Russia.
In the latest publication on the losses among the Wagner Group mercenaries, the Russian section of the BBC reported that “judging by the obituaries, most of them were participants in the fighting for Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.”
Near the town of Berezovsky in the Sverdlovsk region, residents counted 67 recently created graves. On each of them there was a black, red and yellow wreath with the emblem of the Wagner Group.
In addition, independent Russian journalists also found new graves in other places of mass burial of “Wagnerians”: near occupied Lugansk in the Ukrainian Donbass – 37, in the village of Bakinskaya in Krasnodar Krai (where the official cemetery of this formation is located) – 422, and also in the Moscow Region – 22.
“These three cemeteries were mainly used to bury dead prisoners. Relatives of some of the victims did not know about their deaths and had been trying to find out what was happening to them for months,” the BBC reported.
“The burial site in the small village of Bakinskaya is growing at the fastest pace. Since December last year, the number of graves there has increased ninefold (from 47 to 422)” – reads the Friday publication.
The BBC reported that it had managed to identify the names of at least 2,092 prisoners in Russian penal colonies who died during the fighting in Ukraine from the beginning of the military invasion.
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