PMC "Redut" recruits women for war against Ukraine: British intelligence revealed details
Russian PMC Redoubt is trying to recruit women for the war against Ukraine. Potential recruits are being urged to join the Borz battalion to work as snipers and drone operators.
This is stated in the report of the UK military intelligence, released on the morning of October 30. "This is the first time a private military company supported by the state has tried to recruit women for combat positions in Ukraine," the agency said.
Thus, in recent advertisements posted on social media, women were invited to join the Borz battalion, part of the Redoubt PMC, to work as snipers and UAV operators.
"Redoubt is most likely directly sponsored by Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), the report says.
The British intelligence service also recalled that back in March 2023, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 1, 100 Russian women were fighting in Ukraine, which corresponds to only about 0.3% of the personnel. As noted in the Redut ad, women currently perform mostly medical and catering functions.
"It remains unclear whether the official Russian defense forces will seek to follow suit and open up more combat roles to women," the report says.
The British intelligence noted that during the current conflict, women in the occupiers' forces "rarely took on combat roles on the front lines," but during World War II, the Soviet Union's troops had a "strong tradition of using women" as snipers and other combat units.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- According to the Russian media, Redut's advertisements were spotted on the social network VKontakte, which is banned in Ukraine. Future mercenaries are offered a six-month contract with the Defense Ministry and a salary of 220 thousand rubles per month.
- Earlier, British intelligence said that the Redoubt PMC recruits mercenaries under the guise of "volunteers," including former Wagnerites, and may number more than 7,000 people.