Contents tagged with Wagner Group

  • Lukashenko accuses Russian private military company Wagner of terrorism and asks Ukraine for help

    The scandal surrounding the detention in Belarus of 33 Russians, whom the Belarusian KGB suspects of trying to destabilize the situation ahead of the presidential elections, continues to gain momentum.

    A criminal case has been opened against these Russian citizens on charges of preparing a terrorist attack, Andrei Ravkov, secretary of the Security Council of Belarus, said on Thursday.

    According to the Belarus special services, 200 "militants", who, according to Belarusian media, are fighters …

  • Kyiv to demand extradition of Wagner mercenaries detained in Belarus to Ukraine

    Ukrainian authorities intend to demand the extradition of militants detained in Belarus, Interfax-Ukraine reports, citing the press service of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).

    "The SBU will submit the request for extradition of militants detained in Belarus," the press service stated.

    Deputy Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Serhii Kryvonos also said that Kyiv may demand the extradition of Ukrainian-born people among those detained in Belarus.

    "This issue …

  • Belarus detains 33 Wagner mercenaries ahead of Presidential Election

    Belarus’ Law enforcement agencies have detained near Minsk fighters of the private military company Wagner Group, which the West considers the second army of the Kremlin, and Russian media associate with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, a longtime associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to Belta news agency, 33 Russian citizens were detained by the Belarusian KGB group "A" with the support of riot police. The oldest of the detained is 55 years old and the youngest - 24 years old. …

  • Kremlin denies involvement of Russian military in Libyan conflict

    The Russian military is not taking part in the operation in Libya, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

    "The Russian military in no way participates in Libya, in any processes. We are not aware of any Russian citizens who may take part there," he said.

    The day before, the U.S. Army's African Command said on Twitter that Russian mercenaries from Wagner's private military company were in Libya and were prolonging the conflict. " Russia has the power to stop them, …

  • USA accuses Russian mercenaries in Libya of violating rules of war

    The U.S. Army African Command (US AFRICOM) has accused mercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner fighting in Libya of violating the UN embargo on the use of anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices.

    The U.S. military alleges that Russian mercenaries have been actively setting up mines in areas around Tripoli and Sirte since mid-June, with explosive devices imported from abroad.

    "Russia-sponsored PMC Wagner demonstrates a complete disregard for the security of …

  • Ukraine: Russia may use its private military companies against European countries

    The combat experience, which was gained by Russian private military companies (PMCs) in Ukraine and Syria, gives the Kremlin the opportunity to use these companies to project its military influence in other regions, stated the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense  Vadim Skibitsky during the meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security and Cooperation, dedicated to the activities of private military companies, Ukrinform reports.

    Skibitsky said that …

  • Russian mercenaries start leaving Libya

    Fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner arrived at Bani Waled airfield in Libya. The video published on Thursday, May 28, by the Telegram channel "Military Informant" shows vehicles loaded with equipment entering the airfield. The Wagner fighters can be seen near the cargo plane. Presumably, they are leaving the country. As the Military Informant notes, it is not known at this time whether all troops will be withdrawn from Libya or whether it is a rotation of the personnel. …

  • Russian mercenaries leave western Libya

    More than one and a half thousand fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner have left western Libya, stated by Colonel Mohammad Kununu, a spokesman for the Libyan government forces, as cited by Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

    According to him, earlier the Russian mercenaries were fighting on the side of Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar against the Libyan government forces in the area of Tripoli. Some time ago up to 1.6 thousand of them left the …

  • Russian media publishes footage of Wagner mercenaries’ crimes in Syria

    Russia's Novaya Gazeta has published video footage showing members of the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) with the severed head of their victim, a Syrian man who was severely tortured before his death.

    The publication names one of the alleged perpetrators of the massacre: Stanislav Dychko, born in 1990. According to Novaya Gazeta, he has been a Wagner mercenary fighter since 2016.

    The material was published under the headline "Thugs 2.0." It opens with Novaya Gazeta reminding that six …

  • Russian mercenaries withdrawn from Libya

    The Wagner private military company (PMC) has withdrawn completely from Libya due to a truce between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA), InterRight reports.

    A letter from one of the Russian mercenaries has been leaked online, and indicates that all of the Wagner PMC mercenaries who were in Libya have been sent home before the scheduled end of their trip. The source of the information boasts that he was already back in Russia by February 23 to celebrate …