Ukrainian cyber defenders obtained personal data of mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner Private Military Company.
Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said this in a Telegram post.
“The website of the Wagner group, which collects russian prisoners for the war in Ukraine, was hacked by the IT Army! We have all personal data of mercenaries!” he wrote.
Fedorov stressed that every executioner, murderer and rapist will be severely punished, revenge is inevitable.
As reported, in the Russian colonies, mercenaries from the Wagner PMC started to “persuade” prisoners into signing a military contract and go to war in Ukraine, threatening that otherwise they would still be sent later, but for free.
In recent months, representatives from the Wagner Group, a notorious private military company that’s said to be funded by Kremlin-linked oligarch Evgeny Prigozhin, have visited at least 20 prisons throughout Russia in a campaign to recruit inmates to fight in Ukraine.
The Wagner group was deployed to Crimea and Ukraine’s Donbas region in 2014, when Kremlin-backed forces ousted Ukrainian troops from areas they later declared to be part of Russia.
Wagner units have also been sent to Syria, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic.
The Kremlin does not acknowledge Wagner’s existence, but Western intelligence links the group to Yevgeny Prigozhin – nicknamed “Putin’s chef” because his catering business has long helped President Vladimir Putin and the armed forces.
Mr Prigozhin, like many other Russian officials, is subject to Western sanctions.
Wagner is known as a PMC – private military company. But they are state-sponsored mercenaries who act in the Kremlin’s interests, Western experts say. They have been accused of repeated war crimes and human rights abuses.
In August 2022, Ukrainian artillery has struck a headquarters of Russia’s shadowy Wagner paramilitary group of mercenaries in eastern Ukraine.