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Weary: Viktor Lazar (37) collects water from a pumping system in the basement of his home in Saltivka district after Russian attacks in Kharkiv, Ukraine, yesterday. Photo: AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka

Weary: Viktor Lazar (37) collects water from a pumping system in the basement of his home in Saltivka district after Russian attacks in Kharkiv, Ukraine, yesterday. Photo: AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka

Weary: Viktor Lazar (37) collects water from a pumping system in the basement of his home in Saltivka district after Russian attacks in Kharkiv, Ukraine, yesterday. Photo: AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka

Inmates in Russian prisons are being offered freedom if they agree to serve as mercenaries alongside the Wagner Group in Ukraine – and come back alive.

Relatives of inmates at two prisons outside St Petersburg told Russian news outlet iStories that prisoners have been promised 200,000 roubles (€3,000) a month and an amnesty if they survive six months of “voluntary” service.


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