During a Senate hearing on March 1, Garland recalled that the US Department of Justice was helping Ukraine investigate war crimes committed after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, including the crimes committed by Wagner mercenaries.
“Mr. Prigozhin, who runs this thing, is in my view a war criminal,” Garland said during the hearing, noting that his department had “more than sufficient evidence” to assert that.
Garland added that Wagner troops are responsible for attacks on Ukrainians in Donbas and recruitment of convicts from Russian prisons, calling their actions “unfathomable.”
On Jan. 26, wagner-pmc-criminal-organization-50300207.html” data-ylk=”slk:the United States recognized Wagner as a transnational criminal organization;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “>the United States recognized Wagner as a transnational criminal organization. A few days later, the Ukrainian parliament passed a similar resolution.
Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak, the Wagner Group recruited 38,244 Russian prisoners to fight in Ukraine. As of mid-January, 29,543 of them have already been killed or wounded in action, according to Ukraine’s General Staff.
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