Ukraine LIVE: Wagner chief lets slip Russia recruiting 'convicts with HIV and Hepatitis C'

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the paramilitary Wagner Group, has admitted Russia is recruiting “convicts suffering from serious diseases”, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

Intelligence officials said in a statement: “On October 27, 2022, Russian mogul Yevgeny Prigozhin posted online, apparently admitting allegations that his private military company, the Wagner Group, had altered its standards & was recruiting Russian convicts suffering from serious diseases including HIV and Hepatitis C…

“The admission of prisoners with serious medical concerns highlights an approach which now prioritises numbers over experience or quality.”

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