Morale is plummeting in Putin's private army as Russia's war in Ukraine falter

The bodies of the Ukrainians were found lying next to each other on the grass, with a crater next to them in the ground.

The victims' arms pointed to the location where they had passed away as they were dragged there by Russian mercenaries.

In what seems to be a scheme to booby-trap the dead, a speaker adds in husky Russian, "Let's plant a grenade on them."

Another says of the Ukrainian soldiers who will arrive to retrieve the victims, "There is no need for a grenade, we will just beat them in." At that point, the mercenaries discover they are out of ammunition.

With access to Wagner recruits fighting in Ukraine, exclusive combat video, honest, infrequent interviews with a former Wagner commander

who is now seeking refuge in Europe, and access to recruiters, these events provide a unique glimpse into the state of Russia's top mercenary organisation.

While supply and morale issues, as well as allegations of war crimes, have been well documented among regular Russian troops,

the Wagner mercenaries, frequently referred to as President Vladimir Putin's off-the-books shock troops, are experiencing similar crises, which is a bad sign for Russia's war in Ukraine.