The Russian journalist Igor Pushkaryov, who visited the Wagner Private Military Company’s (PMC) secret base in Krasnodar Krai, learned from the mercenaries that the PMC has a new assignment. In an Echo of Moscow radio broadcast, Pushkaryov said that at the end of last week, two new parties of Wagner troops had set out for Syria and Sudan.
“From quite short discussions with the population of this base and the inhabitants of the surrounding Molkino settlement, it became clear that even after the developments in Syria on February 7, they have already carried out another round of recruitment,” Pushkaryov observed.
According to the journalist, the Wagner PMC has recruited roughly 300 young fighters in the last month. He figured out that the new fighters are being recruited, because “old, battle-seasoned fighters” were lost in March in Syria.
On March 6, a Russian An-26 plane crashed in Syria, causing the deaths of 39 people. According to various information sources, Wagner PMC fighters were among the casualties.