Russia’s prisoner recruitment surrenders to Ukraine in two days; Used as “cannon fodder”.

A Russian prisoner recruited for the war has surrendered to Ukraine’s armed forces after being used as “cannon fodder” at the front, according to Ukrainian officials.

The prisoner, whose name has not been released, was one of the convicts recruited by Russia’s notorious Wagner mercenary group to fight in the war in Ukraine. He was deployed to the front on September 21 and surrendered to Ukrainian forces the next day.

During an interrogation with the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), the prisoner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner group, said he promised them that going to war would “wash away their sin” and help them get “clean” papers receive. Prigozhin is also said to have promised that recruited convicts would fight alongside “experienced” soldiers and not be sent to the front. However, he said that despite Prigozhin’s promises, they were thrown to the front.

“We’re being used as cannon fodder. Our commander sent us forward, first we walked together, and then he looked back – they were very far away,” the detainee said during interrogation. “Usual cannon fodder: knowing where positions are, who is where… We are like cannon fodder… When we were recruited, they told us a very different story.”

The prisoner said he later decided to surrender to the Ukrainian army after realizing that Prigozhin’s promise was not true.

The prisoner is not the first Russian conscript to surrender to Ukrainian forces. Two weeks after President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization order, more than 2,000 Russian citizens also called Ukraine’s “I Want To Live” hotline to appeal for surrender.

“We receive calls not only from soldiers who are already fighting in Ukraine, but also from those who have either just been mobilized and are still on the territory of Russia, or from their relatives … Within a few weeks, we have more than 2,000 received such requests,” Yuri Yusov, a spokesman for Ukraine’s intelligence agency, was quoted as saying by The Kyiv Post.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February. Since then, Moscow has lost a total of 65,850 military personnel in combat, according to estimates by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

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