After seven months of war in the Ukraine, the enthusiasm of the international mercenary force for these absolutely life-threatening operations in the Donbass is no longer quite as great: hundreds of “volunteers” from Poland, the USA, Canada and many other nations have already died in the hail of missiles from long-range Russian multiple rocket launchers or gun batteries, far from any infantry combat.
Conclusion: Of the 7,300 mercenaries who traveled to Ukraine, 2,700 are said to have been killed, and 2,400 have broken off the high-risk adventure and have disappeared.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, two “security employees” from Austria have already fallen, two are said to be still alive.
With this currently not really great probability of surviving the mission in Ukraine, the amounts of the salaries offered are of course increasing: “Silent Professionals”, a mercenary mediator group and security company in the USA, is now already offering a starting salary of 1000 euros day – i.e. 30,000 euros per month. For better-trained veterans, even 60,000 euros are paid a month for operations in Ukraine.
The security company will not handle the recruitment and transfer of mercenaries for free, but will also settle accounts with the Ukrainian government. And as is well known, Ukraine has been facing national bankruptcy for weeks and is only being saved by billions in payments from the USA and Brussels: Volodymyr Zelensky’s government needs up to 9 billion euros a month to continue financing the entire state apparatus and the war against Russia be able.
With the currently huge foreign share in Ukrainian state financing, it is therefore quite certain that funds from Austria’s actually neutral net contributor to the EU will also flow partly to Ukraine. Thus, money from the Austrian taxpayers is likely to be used to pay the Ukrainian army soldiers and also for the salaries of the mercenaries.