Leaders of Russia's feared Wagner mercenary group have reportedly been castrating any members of the group attempting to surrender to Ukraine.
The unit, privately funded by some of despot President Vladimir Putin's closest allies, is mainly comprised of elite soldiers and ex-convicts who have bargained for their freedom in exchange for fighting in the invasion.
But it now seems that several of the group – of which hundreds have died in battle already – are now attempting to surrender or flee.
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According to a new US intelligence report dated from December 2022, an intercepted telephone call between one of the group's members confirmed that “castration” was being used on anyone trying to surrender or retreat without being told to do so by a leader.
It claims one soldier said: “The Wagnerians caught him and cut his f**king balls off.”
The report claims the call happened in November, but the tape of which has not been released to the public.
Elsewhere, it also claims Wagner members are expendable – and the Russian public does not care what happens to them as most are ex-prisoners who have committed acts of murder.
It states: “The deaths of thousands of Wagner soldiers do not matter to Russian society.
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“Assault groups do not withdraw without a command… Unauthorized withdrawal of a team or without being wounded is punishable by execution on the spot.”
The report also claims Wagner fighters are barred from trying to save or help any injured comrade on the battlefield.
It also states there are strict rules about retreating, too.
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It claims: “Assault infantry is not allowed to carry the wounded off the battlefield on their own, as their main task is to continue the assault until the goal is achieved.
“If the assault fails, retreat is also allowed only at night.”
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