According to British estimates, the Russian mercenary group Wagner could run into difficulties due to the lack of new prisoners as recruits in the war in Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense in London pointed out that Moscow had denied Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin the opportunity to recruit mercenaries into prisons. Half of the prisoners used fell victim to the heavy fighting. A nationwide recruiting campaign is not making up for the losses. “If the ban continues, Prigozhin will likely be forced to reduce the scope or intensity of Wagner’s operations in Ukraine.”

The Wagner mercenaries are particularly active in the battle for the town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense has published daily reports on the course of the war, citing the secret services. Moscow accuses London of a disinformation campaign.