Russian Wagner mercenaries are engaged in heavy fighting in the eastern city of Bakhmut and they are pushing hard to gain control.
It has also been reported by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) that the Russian mercenaries are committing war crimes as they are “beheading Ukrainian fighters in Bakhmut.”
Russia are losing tens of thousands of fighters and are taking “significant casualties” as they are making gains in Bakhmut.
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The ISW said, “Geolocated footage posted on 9 and 10 April shows that Russian forces made marginal advances northwest of Khromove, in southwest Bakhmut, and north of Sacco i Vanzetti.”
The US based think tank said that social media users have shared footage “purportedly showing the remains of a head belonging to a Ukrainian serviceman on a spike at an unspecified area in Bakhmut.”
The ISW added, “Social media users recalled similar instances of skulls mounted on spikes in Popasna, Luhansk Oblast, where Wagner troops operated over spring-summer of 2022.
“The Geneva Convention prohibits the mutilation and despoilment of dead bodies in war.”