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Russian Mercenary Chief Aims to Recruit 30,000 New Fighters by Mid-May

FILE - Visitors pose outside PMC Wagner Center, which is a project implemented by the founder of the Wagner private military group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, during the official opening of the office block in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Nov. 4, 2022.

Russia's Wagner mercenary group plans to recruit approximately 30,000 new fighters by the middle of May, its founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Saturday.

He noted in an audio message on Telegram that Wagner recruitment centers, which he said last week had opened in 42 Russian cities, were hiring on average 500-800 people a day. Reuters

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