The founder of the Russian military group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who visited his fighters participating in a special operation in Ukraine on New Year’s Eve, confirmed that the group captured a large number of enemy soldiers.
In a video message to the Novosti agency, Prigozhin said: “We have a lot of prisoners. Among them are the wounded and those who (surrendered after being) seized with fear. There are those who fought to the end and were forced to come with their hands up to save the lives of their comrades.”
Prigozhin stressed that the Wagner fighters do not treat prisoners harshly, especially after they are placed under arrest.
He said: “The most brutal treatment of prisoners is our people who capture them, because it happens on the front lines and they face an enemy who carries weapons.”
Prigozhin said that during a visit to them on the occasion of the New Year, Ukrainian prisoners told him that they wished for peace and a speedy resolution of the conflict.