Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Russian mercenary group Wagner Group, has released another video purporting to depict the repatriation of Ukrainian troops’ bodies to territory controlled by Kyiv in coffins.
Prigozhin, who was dressed in full military gear, said in the video: “We are sending another shipment of Ukrainian army fighters home. They fought bravely, and perished. That’s why the latest truck will take them back to their motherland.”
In the video, uniformed men can be seen closing wooden coffins with nails and loading them into a vehicle.
The most recent video was posted the day after Prigozhin claimed his troops had “practically encircled” the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut in a previous tape.
Prigozhin has frequently complimented the Ukrainian army as a worthy and capable adversary. His Wagner Group has led Russia’s months-long assault against Bakhmut.