The boss of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner announced on Friday the opening of 58 recruitment centers in 42 cities across Russia, as he seeks to replenish his troops which are suffering heavy losses in eastern Ukraine.
The Wagner group is on the front line in the battle for the Ukrainian city of Bakhmout, and its boss, Yevgeny Prigojine, has himself admitted that many fighters from his organization have been killed there.
The Wagner boss has recently turned to gyms to open recruiting points there to attract potential recruits.
“In 42 cities of the Russian Federation, recruiting centers on behalf of Wagner have opened. New fighters are coming there, (they) will accompany us to defend their country and their families,” Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Friday in a statement issued by its press service.