GUNNING down elite Russian troops on Ukraine’s savage frontline is like a “zombie movie”, a battle-hardened soldier has revealed.
Ten hours of constant firing at “uninterrupted” floods of Wagner Group operatives leave Ukrainian AK47s so hot soldiers get burnt, he adds.
Putin’s guns-for-hire private army is a twisted cocktail of rapist prisoners mixed in with elite units
Andriy, a soldier fighting near the eastern city of Bakhmut, told how one attack simply “didn’t stop coming”.
Speaking from a frontline bunker, he told CNN: “They’re climbing above the corpse of their friends, stepping on them.”
The relentless droves of conscript prisoners charging into battle a few weeks ago left a Ukrainian machine gunner “almost getting crazy”.
He claimed it was because once shot, men from Putin’s private army would simply not go down.
Some believe violent convicts thrown forward in the first waves of Wagner attacks are being pumped with “drugs” to keep them on their feet.
Such assaults have seen up to “200” Russians storm towards units of just 30 Ukrainian troops.
Andriy blasted the conscripts as “just meat” who dig in once they’ve made around 30 metres of ground.
This allows Wagner’s elite units to follow up from behind, repeating the process over and over.
Wagner Group, which has around 50,000 men, first appeared in Eastern Ukraine in 2014 when Putin began backing Russian separatists in the Donbas region.
The private paramilitary, that has since cropped up in conflicts in Syria and across Africa, was formed by Putin crony Yevgeny Prigozhin.
Nicknamed “Putin’s chef”, Prigozhin recently boasted of turning rapist convicts into “real cannibals” to fight in Ukraine.
Although it is not clear what the oligarch means by “real cannibals,” an actual cannibal has joined the Russian mercenaries.
The twisted propaganda video filmed at a training camp in Krasnodar, Russia, was similar to one where Prigozhin speaks to hundreds at a high-security penal colony in Mordovia.
Attempting to hire them as recruits, he goes onto say they must blow themselves up with grenades if captured by Ukrainians.
Murderers and sex offenders from some of Russia‘s most notorious prison camps are among the volunteers signing up for Putin‘s doomed war in Ukraine.
The prisoners are told they will be offered their freedom and a personal pardon from Putin if they last six months at the frontline in Ukraine.
Row upon row of killed-in-action Wagner Group mercenaries – branded as ‘just meat’ by soldier Andriy – lie in a hastily dug cemetery in Krasnodar, Russia World News – breaking international headlines and exclusives The Sun