Former Wagner fighters join Chechen units – ISW
The Russian Guard is enlisting some former Wagner mercenaries into the Akhmat specialized rapid response forces
This is stated in a report by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
The report indicates that many Wagner fighters have become part of various Akhmat units, operating in undisclosed locations on the Ukrainian front.
Apty Alaudinov, the commander of the Akhmat forces, confirmed this development and mentioned that Wagner fighters “have shown respect” towards Akhmat. This could be an attempt to ease potential tensions between Wagner PMC and the Chechen forces, following a dispute between former Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and Chechen Republic Head, Ramzan Kadyrov.
ISW experts believe that it's unlikely for the fragmented former Wagner forces, now scattered between the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Chechen units of Rosgvardia, Russian National Guard, in different front areas, to be reinstated as an effective military organization.
This is due to their loss of unity and clear, consistent management. Nevertheless, analysts don't rule out the possibility that these former mercenaries could enhance the tactical capabilities of their respective units in certain situations.
Additionally, British intelligence previously reported that Redut PMC in Russia is recruiting mercenaries under the guise of volunteers, including former Wagner mercenaries. As of now, the PMC counts over 7,000 members.