The creepy, Hitler-theme mercenaries of Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin’s regime have been caught for the first time in footage, fighting Putin’s botched war in Ukraine.
Russian War Criminals Crushed in 2018 By US Military
Putin’s mercenaries don’t exist on paper since Russia technically outlaws private armies.
Yet, their existence and active deployments in various spots in the post-Soviet space, the Middle East, and Africa have been well documented.
The biggest and most famous of them is the Wagner Group – so all of Putin’s mercenaries are known collectively as “Vagnerovtsi” – or Wagnerites.
The theme of the Wagner group is unabashedly neo-Nazi-like, as it is named after Adolf Hitler’s favorite composer, Richard Wagner; its de facto founder, Dmitry Utkin, is a former senior Russian military officer sporting Nazi tattoos.
The Wagnerites are also known for participating in the only major direct clash between Russian and American troops.
In a four-hour Battle of Khasham in Syria in February 2018, Russians were wiped out by US forces, with between 200 and 600 of Putin’s mercenaries perishing in no time.
As Putin sent nearly 200,000 Russian troops to invade Ukraine on February 24, there have been various reports about creepy, brutal Wagner Group fighters being present on the ground and participating in the fighting.
There has also been one report claiming that some 9,000 Russian mercenaries fought in Ukraine, and 3,000 of them have been killed.
Russia: welcomes Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Taliban in Moscow; shells Babyn Yar and Drobytsky Yar Holocaust memorials in Ukraine; Putin’s warlord Utkun chooses „Wagner“ callsign and has SS runes tattoos over his body. Now you really wonder, where Lavrov‘s shit comes from? pic.twitter.com/inimoHgAAt
— Sergej Sumlenny (@sumlenny) May 2, 2022
Putin's feared Wagner mercenaries are seen in action for first time in Ukraine https://t.co/PtatvpZXpa
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 4, 2022
Mercenaries’ Chief Makes Rare, Anti-Western Outburst
Freshly leaked drone footage has now shown Putin’s mercenaries from the Wagner Group fighting in house-to-house combat in Popasna, a town of 20,000 people in the Donbas region.
The footage was posted on Telegram by a Russian military blogger, Boris Rozhin, aka “Colonel Cassad,” who is based in the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula, The Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, the man believed to be in charge of the Wagner mercenaries, Putin oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, lashed out against the entire western civilization in comments before The Guardian newspaper.
Prigozhin, who is also known for running online, dishonest troll factories, spewed insults and made unveiled threats against the United States and other western nations.
Putin’s war criminal buddy declared the West to be a “dying-out civilization” made up of “pathetic endangered perverts,” viewing other people like Russians as “third world scum”.
He also claimed “victory will be ours” – apparently referring to Russia’s botched war in Ukraine.
Later, he said “there are billions of us” – a seeming reference to Russia’s 144 million people, along with the entire third world.
Although strictly speaking, Russia, as the successor of the former Soviet Union, is technically the so-called “second world.”
Prigozhin’s outburst might be the result of increasing nervousness resulting from Russia’s military far in Ukraine. He usually sticks to the “shadows” and isn’t media-active.
when his ppl spk, it implies #putin has managed to stay in power by pushing ppl out windows, etc
"you are a pathetic endangered bunch of perverts, and there are many of us, billions of us. and victory will be ours!"
emotional yevgeny prigozhin
does "us" = wagner mercenaries🤔 pic.twitter.com/AkAf4OBvx6
— nothing is what it seems (@huminbeen) May 5, 2022
How can the U.K. Foreign Office only have discovered Prigozhin and the St Petersburg Troll farms only recently?
They have had extensive coverage in the Guardian and elsewhere.
Has the U.K. Govt properly decided to ditch the Russians? https://t.co/sDRg01Jv07
— Top News 🇺🇦 (@TopNewsWorks) May 1, 2022
Could Prigozhin be coming close to admitting ownership of Wagner? In message to the Guardian, he maintains usual denials but in apparent reference to Russian PMCs, speaks of “the men I know.” https://t.co/AhlJrlACgW
— M. Nureddin (@mnureddin) May 5, 2022
Russians trying to advance to Popasna.
15-20 of Putin's cannon fodder killed.
Probably Wagner mercenaries amongst them.#kyiv #mariupol #ukraine #kharkiv #russia #mосква #Россия #sumy #izyum #kramatorsk #Kherson pic.twitter.com/Cu6XJ15ASP
— . (@BMUSTINILDH) April 25, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of May 5, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/csx1IqVgnA
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 5, 2022
OSINT community @InformNapalm identified 50 Russian soldiers who operated in Bucha, Irpin, Hostomel in late March 2022
Those are 50 scouts of the Russian 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade.https://t.co/8RvoxxxE4u pic.twitter.com/tbNL2fyLql
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) May 4, 2022