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Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has stopped recruiting prisoners to fight in Ukraine, Wagner’s founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Thursday.

“The recruitment of prisoners by the Wagner private military company has completely stopped,” Mr Prigozhin said in a response to a request for comment from a Russian media outlet published on social media.

“We are fulfilling all our obligations to those who work for us now.”

Wagner began recruiting prisoners in Russia’s sprawling penal system in summer 2022, with Mr Prigozhin, a catering entrepreneur who served nine years in prison before the fall of the Soviet Union, offering convicts a pardon if they survived six months in Ukraine.


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