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Putin’s Wagner mercenaries will recruit women jailed in Russia as SNIPERS to fight in Ukraine  

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Putin’s Wagner mercenaries will start recruiting women prisoners to be SNIPERS and ‘saboteurs’ in Ukraine

  • Russian Wagner aims to recruit women jailed in Russia as snipers
  • Kremlin-linked founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin said ‘this has been done before’
  • Female Sharpshooters were first recognised in World War II
  • Russian official said imprisoned women asked to be sent to Ukraine to help

The Russian mercenary group Wagner fighting in Ukraine aims to recruit women jailed in Russia and deploy them to the front as snipers, the Kremlin-linked founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Wednesday, December, 22. 

‘Not only nurses and communications staff but also in sabotage groups and sniper pairs. Everyone knows this has been done before,’ the 61-year-old said, referring to World War II-era female sharpshooters hailed in Soviet propaganda. 

‘We’re getting there. There’s some resistance but I think we’ll overcome it,’ Prigozhin added on social media.

His comments came in response to a Russian official east of Moscow who said women imprisoned in the city of Nizhny Tagil had asked him to be sent to Ukraine to help the Russian army.

The Russian mercenary group Wagner fighting in Ukraine aims to recruit women jailed in Russia and deploy them to the front as snipers. Pictured: Wagner founder Vevgeny Prigozhin

The Russian mercenary group Wagner fighting in Ukraine aims to recruit women jailed in Russia and deploy them to the front as snipers, the Kremlin-linked founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Wednesday. Pictured: Women in a Russian prison

The Russian mercenary group Wagner fighting in Ukraine aims to recruit women jailed in Russia and deploy them to the front as snipers, the Kremlin-linked founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Wednesday. Pictured: Women in a Russian prison 

Female Sharpshooters were first recognised for their deadly skillset in World War II after around 800,000 women served in the Soviet Armed Forces as snipers, pilots, machine gunners and a large number were stationed in medical units. 

One of the most famous female sharp shooters Lyudmila Pavlichenko, dubbed Lady Death, picked off 309 Nazis. 

In recent months, Wagner is understood to have recruited male inmates en masse from Russian prisons to fight on front lines in Ukraine with the promise of reduced sentences and high salaries. 

His comments came in response to a Russian official east of Moscow who said women imprisoned in the city of Nizhny Tagil had asked him to be sent to Ukraine to help the Russian army. Pictured: Female prisoners in Russia

His comments came in response to a Russian official east of Moscow who said women imprisoned in the city of Nizhny Tagil had asked him to be sent to Ukraine to help the Russian army. Pictured: Female prisoners in Russia 

In September, Prigozhin disclosed for the first time that he founded the Wagner group in 2014 to fight in Ukraine and acknowledged its presence in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. 

This month, Wagner opened a headquarters in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg. 

In November, Yevgeny Prigozhin responded to a vote to declare Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ by trolling West. 

He showed a bloodied sledgehammer which he wanted to present to the European Parliament.

The sick stunt which related to an episode in which a Wagner fighter from Russia was bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer after defecting to Ukraine, before being exchanged back allegedly at his request.

Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, was passed by Russian officials to Wagner operatives and a video appeared showing him being sledgehammered to death with a strike to the head.

Vladimir Putin's crony Yevgeny Prigozhin, pictured, was responding to a vote to declare Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism'

Vladimir Putin’s crony Yevgeny Prigozhin, pictured, was responding to a vote to declare Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

The sick stunt relates to an episode in which a Wagner fighter from Russia was bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer after defecting to Ukraine, before being exchanged back allegedly at his request. Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, pictured, was passed by Russian officials to Wagner operatives and a video appeared showing him being sledgehammered to death with a strike to the head

The sick stunt relates to an episode in which a Wagner fighter from Russia was bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer after defecting to Ukraine, before being exchanged back allegedly at his request. Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, pictured, was passed by Russian officials to Wagner operatives and a video appeared showing him being sledgehammered to death with a strike to the head

The extrajudicial killing was purportedly punishment for the convicted murderer-turned-mercenary’s ‘treachery’ in switching sides to Ukraine.

At the time billionaire Prigozhin sought to justify the killing of the ‘traitor’, saying it was a ‘dog’s death’ for a ‘dog’.

Prigozhin posted about the sledgehammer, in a violin case, but was given by Prigozhin’s lawyer to a representative of a pro-war channel CYBER FRONT Z supposedly to be passed to the Strasbourg parliament. 

Who were the female Russian snipers in WW2?

Industrialized global warfare, as seen during the World Wars, called for the involvement of massive numbers of human beings. 

At the time, most societies were still starkly divided along gender lines, with certain jobs being seen as solely for men and others for only women. When they started running out of men to join the military, many nations began employing women in supporting roles, from producing ammunition to nursing to administering military bases. 

The Soviets went further, calling upon their young women not just to support the soldiers but to join the fight.

Around a million women fought in various branches of the Soviet military. Some nursed and supported, as in other countries, but others drove tanks, operated machine guns, and flew fighter planes.

2,484 of them became snipers. Of those, only around 500 survived the war. 

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, dubbed Lady Death, picked off 309 Nazis during World War II as one of the most famous snipers in 1942

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, dubbed Lady Death, picked off 309 Nazis during World War II as one of the most famous snipers in 1942

 One of the most famous female snipers was Lyudmila Pavlichenko who joined the Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division in June 1941 where she was one of around 2,000 female snipers, 500 of which survived World War Two.

Pavlichenko became one of the top military snipers of all time with a record of 309 confirmed kills.

Around 800,000 women served in the Soviet Armed Forces during the war as snipers, pilots, machine gunners and a large number were stationed in medical units.

Pavlichenko who joined the Red Army's 25th Rifle Division in June 1941 where she was one of around 2,000 female snipers, 500 of which survived World War Two

Pavlichenko who joined the Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division in June 1941 where she was one of around 2,000 female snipers, 500 of which survived World War Two 

 Source: https://www.warhistoryonline.com/

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