Russia’s Wagner mercenary company recruiting prisoners with HIV and hepatitis C, Ukrainian intelligence says
Russian soldiers infected with various diseases marked by different colored bracelets (Photo:gur.gov.ua)
Russian mercenary company Wagner Group has begun recruiting Russian prisoners suffering from various infectious diseases, in particular HIV and hepatitis C, Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence department reported on Oct. 25.
The Russians mark sick “fighters” with corresponding bracelets on their hands, according to the report.
The GUR stated that more than a hundred prisoners with confirmed HIV or hepatitis C had been “mobilized” to the Wagner Group from just one correctional colony No. 5 in the village of Metallostroy in Leningrad Oblast.
In order to “mark” infected militants, the command of the Wagner forces them to wear red bracelets on the arm in the case of their being infected with HIV, and white ones in the case of hepatitis.
“Among other soldiers who are forced to serve alongside the infected, there is a growing indignation at this situation,” the report says.
It came to light that Russian doctors systematically refuse medical assistance to wounded soldiers with hepatitis or HIV.
There are already Russian prisoners of war infected with HIV and hepatitis in captivity in Ukraine, confirming reports of the mass recruitment of infected prisoners by the Wagner mercenary company.
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