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Assassin launched from jail to fight for Putin’s Wagner thugs ‘is crushed to loss of life with sledgehammer’

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A convicted assassin introduced from jail to battle for Russia’s Wagner group has reportedly turn into the second mercenary to be overwhelmed to death with a sledgehammer just after defecting to Ukraine.

Dmitry Yakushchenko, 44, had his head taped to a what appears to be a pile of bricks with cling movie just before staying apparently bludgeoned to death with the sledgehammer in a horrifying execution that was filmed and published on messaging application Telegram. 

Yakushchenko was accused of treason for deserting soon after arriving on the entrance line. He was afterwards recaptured by his previous Wagner colleagues, who went on to execute him. 

The 44-calendar year-outdated is now reportedly the second Wagner fighter to be executed with a sledgehammer after convicted assassin Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, was killed by his countrymen in November final calendar year.

Nevertheless, the authenticity of the execution was forged into doubt soon after it appeared the video could have been staged by the Wagner private armed service to look just like the just one carried out on Nuzhin.

Dmitry Yakushchenko, 44, had his head taped to bricks with clingfilm before being bludgeoned to death with the sledgehammer in a harrowing ordeal that was filmed and published online

Dmitry Yakushchenko, 44, had his head taped to bricks with clingfilm prior to being bludgeoned to dying with the sledgehammer in a harrowing ordeal that was filmed and released on the internet

Yakushchenko (pictured) was accused of treason for defecting to Ukraine after arriving on the front line

Yakushchenko (pictured) was accused of treason for defecting to Ukraine soon after arriving on the front line

A new online video of Yakushchenko confirmed him following his swap from Ukraine saying he had been ‘forgiven’ by Wagner for his ‘mistakes’.

This new footage was produced by Yevgeny Prigozhin – head of Wagner, entitled: ‘Dmitry Yakushchenko – well carried out.’ 

But there was no definitive proof that Yakushchenko remains alive, as thriller shrouds the clear execution.

Harrowing video released by the Wagner group seemingly confirmed Yakushchenko confessing to surrendering to Ukraine as his head was strapped tightly to a block of bricks with cling film, even though a gentleman with a sledgehammer stands at the rear of him. 

Yakushchenko, putting on armed service uniform, reported he ‘realised this was not my war’ after he was despatched to battle for Putin and mentioned he experienced been strike in the head on the streets of Dnipro, central Ukraine, and woken up in the place with his head strapped. 

Yakushchenko added that he was informed he was likely to be tried out for desertion. 

At this second, the male standing driving him lifted the sledgehammer and evidently hits Yakushchenko in the head, the sound of his skull cracking audible on the movie.

Yakushchenko appears to be hit twice additional, his entire body slumped on the ground following the blows.

Having said that, the Wagner mercenary group released a new online video in which Yakushchenko claimed: ‘At Wagner PMC [private military company], every person has the right to appropriate their problems. When I was captured [by Ukraine], I stated a ton of bull****.

‘And I am continue to ashamed of it. But it was the only way I could survive. When I arrived out of captivity, I introduced a lot of precious information and facts that saved a good deal of mens’ lives.

‘So I was forgiven, for which I am incredibly grateful.’

Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Putin henchman, has previously threatened to kill 'traitors' who leave the front line, and defended the murder of Nuzhin

Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Putin henchman, has previously threatened to kill ‘traitors’ who leave the entrance line, and defended the murder of Nuzhin

Prigozhin himself gave a strange rambling respond to when questioned about the execution, but implying there were being more episodes to come.

“Do not choose every little thing so sadly. The youngsters are getting fun,” he said, right before alluding to Soviet period war movies.

“You believed that the film about Yakushchenko [was a] a one-episode drama ‘The Dawns Below Are Quiet’, but I consider it is additional like ‘Seventeen Times of Spring’, a series.

“We can share the next sequence with you…. Good will usually triumphs above evil, you know.”

Reviews in Russia say that Yakushchenko was a convicted assassin and robber who had been introduced from a 19-12 months jail sentence to struggle in Putin’s war. 

As he arrived at the front line with Wagner mercenaries, he surrendered to Ukraine.  

But he had seemingly been handed back again to the notoriously brutal Wagner team in a prisoner swap.

In advance of he was executed, he spoke to the digicam: ‘I am Dmitry Yakushchenko, born in 1978, in Crimea. 

‘I went to the entrance in the ranks of the Wagner PMC [private military company].

‘At the entrance, I realised this was not my war…

‘Today I was in the streets of Dnipro, wherever I received a blow to the head and shed consciousness.

‘I woke up in this area exactly where I was informed that I was going to be attempted [for desertion].’ 

His murder echoes the execution of convicted assassin Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, who was also bludgeoned to dying with a sledgehammer. 

His murder echoes the execution of convicted murderer Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, who was also bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer (pictured moments before his death)

His murder echoes the execution of convicted assassin Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, who was also bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer (pictured times prior to his death)  

He far too had been handed back again by the Ukrainians in an formal PoW swap.

Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Putin henchman, has beforehand threatened to get rid of ‘traitors’ who go away the front line, and defended the murder of Nuzhin, as did Putin’s propagandists.

Yakushchenko, from Crimea, was in the beginning recorded by the Ukrainians explaining how he escaped following being despatched to the front line.

‘I planned to locate some way to escape,’ he said. ‘My fourth day started, I took my device gun, some journals, [and] a couple of grenades….

‘I crawled somewhere and lay down right until the capturing stopped, drones ended up traveling.’

‘I kept relocating and my posture turned out to be on the Ukrainian facet. If any Russians have a opportunity to leave, they improved do so.’ 

Yakushchenko, from Crimea, was initially recorded by the Ukrainians explaining how he escaped after being sent to the front line

Yakushchenko, from Crimea, was at first recorded by the Ukrainians describing how he escaped immediately after getting despatched to the front line

Yakushchenko mentioned he hoped Crimea would return to Ukraine, he advised his interrogators.

The Ukrainians provided Yakushchenko in a big PoW swap previously this month which also saw Russia hand again the bodies of British support workers Chris Parry, 28, and colleague Andrew Bagshaw, 47, according to Cheka-OGPU Telegram channel.

The video clip of Yakushchenko’s execution was shared by the Grey Zone Telegram channel, which is joined to Wagner.

Yakushchenko appears to have been convicted of murder in Crimea when it was still less than Ukrainian control, prior to Putin’s annexation in 2014.

He was then transferred to a jail in Engels in Russia.

It was from in this article that he was recruited as section of the Russian scheme to absolutely free killers, rapists and other criminals to fight in opposition to Ukraine, presenting them a pardon if they endure for 6 months.

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