Contents tagged with Libya

  • US accuses Russian mercenaries of escalating tensions in Libya

    The US State Department expressed concern about the activities of the Russian private military contractor, the Wagner Group, in Libya, reports Anadolu news agency.

    According to the US State Department, Russian-linked mercenaries only intensify the escalation in the region, supporting the troops of General Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to capture the capital Tripoli.

    It is noted that the number of civilian casualties in Libya is increasing. Civilian objects, including hospitals and airports, …

  • Haftar’s army close to taking Tripoli with Russia’s help

    General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), supported by a number of countries, including Russia, is close to taking the city of Tripoli, UN Special Secretary for Libya Ghassan Salame told Corriere della Sera in an interview published on Sunday, December 8.

    “Since the Russians joined Haftar’s forces, the offensive against Tripoli has intensified,” Salame observed.

    Mohamed Siala, Foreign Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord, has also mentioned the attack against …

  • US accuses Russia of deploying regular troops and mercenaries in Libya

    Russia has deployed regular troops and mercenaries in Libya, thereby threatening the stability of the country and destabilizing the situation there, said US Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Shenker, as cited by the Department of State’s press service.

    The US official said that Russian military interference is destabilizing the situation in Libya. When asked by journalists what Washington understands this “interference” to be, Shenker explained that Russia has deployed regular …

  • Libyan Interior Ministry: Russian Pantsir missile system belonging to Khalifa Haftar army has been destroyed

    The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said that one of the Russian-manufactured Pantsir air defense systems had been destroyed in Libya, reports news outlet. According to Bashagha, the system was installed on a German-made chassis which was allegedly made for the UAE's order, which points that the missile system was brought from that country.

    Earlier, it was reported that the troops of the Libyan National Army, headed by Khalifa Haftar, have one Russian-made Pantsir …

  • Russian journalist recruited by Wagner private military company killed in Libya

    The Russian journalist Yevgeny (Zhaksybay) Ilyubaev, who became a mercenary for the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC), has been killed in combat in Libya, reports, citing its own sources.

    One of the sources said that in recent years Ilyubaev had entered the armed conflict zones, including Syria, on several occasions. Around a year ago he was even awarded a medal for bravery, which was presented to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “When the reports came in that our own …

  • Bodies of Wagner mercenaries killed in Libya start arriving in Russia

    The bodies of mercenaries from the Wagner private military company (PMC) who have been killed in Libya have started arriving in Russia, Meduza reports, citing sources and relatives of the deceased. According to the sources, as many as several dozen mercenaries may have been killed in an airstrike by the Government of National Accord against the forces of Russia-backed Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

    “From the [Sverdlovsk] province a total of 15 people [were killed], and from the entire country, 3 …

  • Libyan Government of National Accord: eight Russian mercenaries were killed in recent airstrikes

    The spokesperson for Libya's Government of National Accord, issued a statement saying at least eight Russian servicemen were killed in the attacks on the Libyan capital. It is reported that a group of Russian military came under the attack by the Libyan Air Force.

    "The Air Force managed to kill eight mercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner two days ago, who were preparing to carry out an attack on the capital," the statement reads.

    The air force of the Libyan Government of …

  • Russian mercenaries spotted in Libyan war zone

    Russian mercenaries are taking part in the war in Libya. Since the overthrow of the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country has been in civil war. Libya’s capital Tripoli, controlled by the internationally recognized Government of National Accord, was besieged by the Libyan National Army headed by General Khalifa Haftar. Russian mercenaries are taking part in the conflict on Khalifa Haftar’s side, reports Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT).

    CIT investigators were able to examine …

  • Ukrainian plane destroyed by drones in Libya

    An Il-76TD aircraft belonging to the Ukrainian company SkyAviaTrans was destroyed by drones while parked at the Misrata Airport in Libya, reports, citing the company’s director Elena Malakhova.

    The plane had flown from Ankara to Misrata with humanitarian cargo as part of a cooperation with the International Red Cross organization. Malakhova notes that the company has documents to prove this.

    At roughly 3:17 AM (Kyiv time), immediately after arriving in Misrata, while the aircraft’s …

  • Libyan government destroys two Ukrainian cargo planes, pilot killed

    One or two Ukrainian Il-76 military transport aircraft have been destroyed in Libya by Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, Al Jazeera reports.

    Government aircraft attacked the Al-Jufra Airbase belonging to Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

    According to the GNA, a munitions depot and multiple aircraft belonging to Alfa Air were destroyed in the missile attack. Other sources report that the aircraft in question was an An-124 belonging to Libyan Arab Air Cargo or the Kyiv-based air …