The UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has claimed that Russia is using the private military company Wagner in Ukraine to reinforce its front-line forces, but that losses they have sustained are likely to be impacting their effectiveness, APA reports citing The Guardian.
The ministry of defense said in their daily intelligence briefing on the situation in Ukraine:
"Russia has used private military company Wagner to reinforce front-line forces and to mitigate manning shortfalls and casualties.
Wagner has almost certainly played a central role in recent fighting, including the capture of Popasna and Lysyschansk. This fighting has inflicted heavy casualties on the group.
Wagner are lowering recruitment standards, hiring convicts and formerly blacklisted individuals. Very limited training is made available to new recruits.
It goes on to say that “this will highly likely impact on the future operational effectiveness of the group.”