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Russia uses former Wagnerians for assaults near Kupiansk - Armed Forces reports

Russia uses former Wagnerians for assaults near Kupiansk - Armed Forces reports Russia uses former Wagner students for assaults near Kupiansk (Photo: Getty Images)

On the Kupiansk direction, Russians use units formed from former prisoners and ex-Wagner PMC fighters for assaults on Ukrainian positions, reports the Commander of the Army of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskii.

According to him, the Russians continue active offensive actions in the area of responsibility of the operational-strategic group Khortytsia.

In particular, in the Kupiansk direction, units formed from former prisoners - Shtorm, Shtorm Z, and Shtorm V - are used for assaults on Ukrainian positions.

"The presence of former so-called 'Wagner' members, who also join the assaults, is recorded," Syrskii reported.

However, according to the Commander, the Russian occupiers had no success in this direction.

Combat actions are ongoing near Ivanivka and Synkivka in the Kharkiv region.

In the Lyman direction, the enemy attempts to storm into the Serebrianske Forestry area. They actively use bombing, fighter aircraft, and fire support helicopters.

In the Bakhmut direction, Russian occupiers do not cease attempts to displace Ukrainian units from positions in Klishchiivka. In this direction, the Russian occupiers have intensified the use of kamikaze drones.

Enemy losses

As Syrskii noted, since the beginning of the month, Russian occupiers have lost 8,690 personnel. Additionally, 1,002 units of military equipment were destroyed or damaged, including 109 tanks, 175 combat armored vehicles, and over a hundred artillery systems and mortars of various calibers.

Wagner mercenaries in Ukraine

In January, British intelligence reported that the strength of the Wagner group on the Russian-Ukrainian front reached 50,000 people. The Wagner group was practically disbanded after the rebellion of the leader of the mercenaries, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in June 2023.

According to British intelligence, hundreds of fighters previously associated with the Wagner group began to redeploy to Ukraine separately and in small groups to participate in the war as part of various Russian units.