07 oct, 2022

The morale of Russia's private military contractors is plummeting as the country's war in Ukraine falters.

The Ukrainians’ corpses lay strewn across the grass, with a crater next to them. They had been dragged to the spot by Russian mercenaries, and their arms pointed to where they had died.

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"Let's plant a grenade on them," a voice says in husky Russian, in what appears to be an ominous plan to booby-trap the bodies.

CNN has exclusive access to video of events on the battlefield, as well as interviews with Wagner recruits fighting in Ukraine and a former commander who is now seeking asylum in Europe.

These mercenaries are suffering from issues with supply and morale, as well as allegations of war crimes - just like the regular Russian troops. This is a worrying sign for the future of the conflict.