Kyiv bombs strike two hotels housing vicious Wagner thugs
Ukraine: Russian Wagner base hit by missile strike in Svatove
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As the conflict in Ukraine nears its ten month, Kyiv have launched a number of successful counter strikes against Russian occupying forces to the south and east of the country. Ukraine have been using longer range US-supplied HIMARS to strike targets deeper in Russian territory as they prepare to advance on Crimea, which was annexed by Putin in 2014. Ukrainian officials have claimed that hundreds of Russian soldiers, inlcuding members of the brutal mercenary squad known as the Wagner Group, were successfully immbolised by precision missiles over the weekend and into the early hours of Monday morning.
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Ukraine official says more Wagner Group forces will die
A Ukrainian official has claimed that many Wagner Group soldiers have been killed after a strike in the town of Kadivka to the west of Luhansk on Saturday devastated one of their bases. Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of the Russian-occupied Luhansk region, told Ukrainian television that forces struck the site using HIMARS missiles.
Sources in Kyiv say the strike in Kadiivka resulted in ‘significant losses’, according to the Telegraph.
Photos posted on Telegram appeared to show a building largely reduced to rubble.
Mr Gaidai said those who survived the strikes did not have adequate medical services to be treated and “will die before they get care”.
He said: “I am sure that at least 50 percent of those who managed to survive will die before they get medical care,’ he said. ‘This is because even in our Luhansk region, they have stolen equipment.”
The Wagner Group is a vicious mercenary group of Russian soldiers made up of ex-offenders, those discharged from the Armed Forces and criminals. It is run by the oligarch and Putin-confidante Yevgeny Prigozhin, who reportedly enjoys a direct line to the Russian leader.
The group are renowned for their brutality and last month, a 55-year-old Wagner fighter from Russia, Yevgeny Nuzhin, was brutally beaten to death with a sledgehammer after defecting to Ukraine.
Footage in the summer showed Prigozhin recruiting soldiers from Russian prisons, telling murderers and rapists that, should they serve six months in his regiment, they would be then freed from incarceration.
Ukraine strike Wagner Group hotel
Ukrainian forces struck Wagner Group soldiers in the eastern city of Svatove in the early hours of Monday, footage has shown. Reports have claimed there were “many fatalities” as a result of the strikes. One video shows one of the Russian mercenaries shouting “F***, there is not half a hostel here” as they inspect the damage.
Another video shows a wounded mercenary fighter holding a fellow Wagner Group soldier, who appears to no longer be alive.
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