Putin ally running Russian army celebrates gruesome video that appears to show soldier who defected to Ukraine being executed by sledgehammer

A file photo of a soldier’s helmet after Russian forces withdrew from Balakliia, Ukraine, on September 15, 2022.
A video shared on Saturday appears to show the brutal execution of Russian soldier Yevgeniy Nuzhin.
Nuzhin said he was recruited to Russia’s Wagner Group and surrendered to Ukraine in September.
But the video suggests he was recaptured. Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner Group’s founder, celebrated it.

A video shared on a pro-Russian social media channel appears to show the brutal execution of a Russian mercenary who surrendered to Ukraine and was later captured by pro-Russian forces.

The graphic video, which Insider has seen but is not linking to, was shared on November 12 and purports to show Yevgeniy Nuzhin, a Russian convict who was recruited into the Russian Wagner Group mercenary army but who later surrendered to Ukraine and intended to fight on its behalf.

The video begins with a clip from an interview that Nuzhin gave in September in Ukraine, describing his decision to…

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