Two suspected mercenaries from a ‘private army’ used by Putin in Syria have been captured by ISIS around 3 October 2017.
They are believed to be mercenaries belonging to the so-called Wagner private army (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagner_Group), allegedly deployed by Moscow in hot spots to lower casualty numbers among regular forces. However, the Russian Defence Ministry has strenuously denied losing two soldiers.
Wagner’s private army earlier deployed mercenaries to annex Crimea and support Putin’s military objectives in eastern Ukraine.
The group is used despite mercenaries being illegal under Russian law.
Its deployments are deniable by Putin’s military forces