Wagner PMC boss makes bizarre claim Ukrainian military decapitated its dead foreign mercenaries to prevent identification

Image of Wagner PMC boss Yevgeny Prigozhin. Credit: Telegram Yevgeny Prigozhin

Deceased fighters found with severed heads and hands were foreign mercenaries deliberately mutilated by the Ukrainian military to prevent them from being identified claimed the Wagner PMC boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin.


This Sunday, January 29, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Wagner PMC claimed the discovery in Artemovsk (Bakhmut) of the bodies of foreign mercenaries in unconfirmed reports.

The corpses were allegedly missing their heads and hands in what the mercenary group boss insists was the Ukrainian military’s attempt to prevent them from being identified as foreign fighters. Images and videos of these deceased figures were posted online but are too graphic to show here.

Posting on the Telegram channel of his Concorde press service, Prighozhin wrote: “Today, bodies with severed heads and hands were found in Bakhmut by units of the Wagner PMC”.

He continued: “As well as phones and other information that proved these bodies belonged to mercenaries, whom the enemy was unable to pull out due to heavy fighting and thus tried to conceal their identities. However, the electronic carriers were found together with the bodies”.

Prigozhin added: “All the bodies and other evidence will soon be transferred to the investigating authorities for further decisions”.

Fierce battles are currently being fought in the Artemovsk region. According to Denis Pushilin, the acting head of the DPR, the fighting is now taking place on the outskirts of the city, directly in the quarters that were recently held by Ukrainian units.


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