Russia needs all the help it can get and leader Vladimir Putin is keeping an open mind, even if it means freeing a convicted mafia boss.

According to reports, Sergey Butorin (Osya) is set to be pardoned after reportedly volunteering to join the Warner Group mercenaries.

Butorin is the same mafia boss convicted for ordering 29 murders.

A video came out earlier this month showing Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin recruiting straight out of a prison courtyard.

Moreover, there have been images of wagons delivering lags in the Saratov region to planes to be flown to the frontline.

It appears that the 57-year-old is one of several mass murderers interested in joining the fight in exchange for freedom and a pardon from Putin.

For those who may not know, Osya is known to be one of Russia’s ruthless mobsters. His reign of terror spans from 1994 to 1998, the peak of the country’s mafia wars. He originally headed the Orekhovskaya organized crime group.

Among those who Butorin had ordered killed was Otari Kvantrishvili, then the head of the Russian athletes' social assistance fund.

The 57-year-old criminal was also detained alongside underling Marat Polyansky in Spain in February 2001 and extradited to Moscow in 2010.

“Butorin said that he had a military specialty - [he was previously] commander of a motorised rifle platoon, and he is ready to go to the war,” an unnamed source said.

Putin signed treaties on Friday to illegally annex more occupied Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of his war.

Not to be outdone, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance.

Putin has vowed to protect newly annexed regions of Ukraine by “all available means.” But at the same time, Zelensky held a signing ceremony in Kyiv, releasing a video of him putting pen to papers he said were a formal NATO membership request.

“We are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but … with another president of Russia,” Zelenksy stated.

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(RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum, on September 7, 2022 in Vladivostok, Russia. About 5000 participants from 47 countries, including Russian President Putin, have arrived to the Russky Island in Russian Far-Eastern city of Vladivostok to take part in the forum. Photo by Contributor/Getty Images

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