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Ex-Wagner mercenary who fled the war in Ukraine says commanders rounded up those who didn't want to fight and shot them in front of new recruits

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An ex-Wagner mercenary who recently fled the war in Ukraine shared horror stories alleging the Russian-backed soldiers who didn't want to fight in Ukraine were brought in front of new recruits and shot.​
"They would round up those who did not want to fight and shoot them in front of newcomers," Andrei Medvedev told CNN's Anderson Cooper while discussing the "ruthless" tactics.​
"They brought two prisoners who refused to go fight and they shot them in front of everyone and buried them right in the trenches that were dug by the trainees," Medvedev alleged.​
He added that soldiers were often sent into battle with little direction and "no real tactics."​
"We just got orders about the position of the adversary…There were no definite orders about how we should behave," Medvedev explained. "We just planned how we would go about it, step by step. Who would open fire, what kind of shifts we would have…How it would turn out that was our problem."​
Medvedev had previously served in the Russian army before joining Wagner as a volunteer in July 2022. He told CNN he ended up fighting in Ukraine less than 10 days after he signed his contract.​
He told CNN that it took only six days of deployment in Ukraine to know he no longer wanted to fight for the private military group after seeing what they were doing to their own members, but that he didn't have the opportunity to leave until recently.​
"I was afraid I would be captured and shot as a traitor," he said.​
Medvedev is now in Oslo, Norway after crossing the border from Russia. He is now seeking asylum.​
Medvedev told CNN he evaded arrest "at least ten times" during his defection journey and that he had to dodge bullets from Russian forces.​
The Wagner Group, a notorious Russian paramilitary organization with close links to the Kremlin, has appeared to be the main fighting force in Russia's war in Ukraine.​
The US issued a sweeping list of sanctions aimed at the group Thursday and designated Wagner a "significant transnational criminal organization." The sanctions target a handful of individuals — "cronies" of Russian President Vladimir Putin — and entities involved in the mercenary group's global network.​
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The harsh truth that the Germans don't want to admit is that they've enabled Putin for more than 20 years by putting exorbitant amounts of money in Russian coffers, so now they have a moral responsibility to Ukraine in particular to undo that damage.

Not just money. The French and Germans were happy to sell Russia weapons. Not whole systems. But they certainly sold things like thermal imagers, microprocessors, machining technology, etc that substantially enables Russian weapons systems and military training.
 
Not just money. The French and Germans were happy to sell Russia weapons. Not whole systems. But they certainly sold things like thermal imagers, microprocessors, machining technology, etc that substantially enables Russian weapons systems and military training.

Don't forget the Mistral-class amphibious assault ship that only got pulled after the annexation of Crimea.

AoD
 
Not just money. The French and Germans were happy to sell Russia weapons. Not whole systems. But they certainly sold things like thermal imagers, microprocessors, machining technology, etc that substantially enables Russian weapons systems and military training.
Unbelievable. Selling weapons to a historic adversary - what could possibly go wrong?
 

From the above:

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Time to destroy Kerch bridge for good.

Not enough bang in the SDBs. Would need dozens and well placed to pull it off. Difficult to do in the highly defended environment. Also, not enough range. They'd have to be at Melitopol as a minimum, to reach.
 
But then we'd be like those warmongering Americans instead of a real G7 country who never spend anything on defence and rely entirely on the US for their national security.
The Mistrals in Canadian hands wouldn’t really be for national security, but instead would have fit nicely in our narrative of the CAF as disaster relief and UN missions. DART vehicles and trailers would transport nicely to places like Haiti, and we could transport tons of UN cargo, all while having RCAF Chinooks on deck.
 

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