In order to make up for significant casualties, the Russian government is said to have sent female inmates to the front lines in Ukraine for the first time.
President Vladimir Putin, according to the Ukrainian army, is looking for “other sources of replenishment of manpower” because of the “severe losses” in the conflict.
The statement said, ‘Last week, a train with seats set aside for the transportation of inmates moved toward the Donetsk region. One of the carriages was designated for imprisoned women.’
There were rumors earlier this week that Russia had relocated female prisoners to Kuschevka in the Krasnodar region, close to the front lines.
Around 100 women, according to Olga Romanova of the Russian Behind Bars charity, were taken to Ukraine.
Tens of thousands of male inmates have been enlisted in Russia over the course of several months with the promise of having their sentences vacated provided they serve and survive for six months on the front lines.
Murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals have been released as a result of Putin’s actions, and the majority of them have joined the Wagner private army.
But, the leader of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, declared last month that his organization will no longer use inmates as recruits for the Ukrainian conflict without offering any justification.
There is now proof, though, that the Russian defense ministry is directly enlisting prisoners.
The military staff of Ukraine claimed last month that Russia was aggressively ‘seeking to recruit convicted women to engage in the conflicts. To “compensate for manpower losses,” this was done.
Several had been enlisted from Snezhnoye, a city in the captured Donetsk region, which included a prison for women.
The Ukrainian general staff stated that it is also well known that they are deployed to the Russian Federation’s territory for training.
According to reports, several hundred inmates in the Sverdlovsk area of the Ural District requested to be sent to Ukraine from local MP Vyacheslav Wegner.
The head of Wagner, Prigozhin, claimed that there had been “opposition” from the Russian government to sending women into the conflict area.