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Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said in Telegram on Wednesday that the legionary commander visited detained Russian troops to select new recruits.

They added that the “first volunteers” had “started” their training, including weapons training.

They said: “Today legionary personnel, under the guidance of instructors of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, studied the NLAW grenade launcher.”

They added that the detained Russians “ipadnewsed a common desire on behalf of all volunteers to carry out the first battle against the Putin regime’s guard dogs – the Kadyrovites”.

This refers to fighters from Chechnya – loyal to Putin and the leader of the republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

Although Chechen forces have been involved since the start of the war, they are widely seen as a potential reserve of additional troops for Moscow along with Syrian, private mercenaries, and troops from Armenia.

There have been reports from the outset of the conflict of poor morale among Russian troops along with a lack of due process.

It is believed that Putin and the Kremlin expect the surrender of Ukraine paired with a swift victory within days.

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According to Ukrainian reports, Russia has lost 17,000 people in the fighting so far, far higher than the official Kremlin figures.