Ukrainian IT army hacks Russia’s Wagner mercenary site; Collects “all personal data from mercenaries”

The IT unit of the Ukrainian army has successfully hacked the website of the notorious Russian mercenary group Wagner and gained access to all of their mercenaries’ personal data, a Ukrainian official has revealed.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, announced this in a Telegram post on Monday.

“The website of the Wagner group, which recruits Russian prisoners of war for the war in Ukraine, has been hacked by the IT army!” Fyodorov wrote. “We have all the personal data of mercenaries! Every executioner, murderer and rapist is severely punished. Revenge is inevitable! Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine!”

Fedorov’s announcement comes almost a week after an individual believed to be Yevgenii Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was caught on video delivering prisoners in the IK 6 penal colony in Yoshkar-Ola recruited to fight in the Ukraine war and join the Wagner forces stationed in the Donbass region.

Prigozhin’s recruitment is part of an effort to expand Moscow’s ranks as its forces dwindle amid Ukraine’s counteroffensive. Prisoners were reportedly offered financial incentives as well as a pardon if they joined the war.

Despite Prigozhin’s lucrative inducements, many prisoners have refused to join the ranks of the Wagner group, Reuters national security correspondent Idress Ali said on Twitter, citing a senior US official.

“The Wagner group aims to recruit more than 1,500 convicted criminals to take part in Russia’s war in Ukraine, but many are refusing, says a senior US official,” Ali says said in a tweet.

Russia’s weak troops and the refusal of many prisoners to join the war in Ukraine have prompted the Wagner group to forcibly remove prisoners from the IC-4 correctional facility in the Mari El Republic, The New Voice of Ukraine reported. Prigozhin also threatened all prisoners serving in the war with execution if they deserted, it said.

Since the war began in February, the Russian military has fought on the battlefield in Ukraine, while the Moscow army is now withdrawing from the occupied territories while Kyiv continues to make gains in its counteroffensive. According to estimates by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, the Russian military’s death toll stood at 54,650 on Monday.

Allies: Russian President Vladimir Putin with oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin in 2010SPUTNIK via AFP / Alexey DRUZHININ

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