They are known to be close to Vladimir Putin. Russian mercenaries Wagner Group The British Defense Ministry announced on Monday that it was deployed in eastern Ukraine.
“The Wagner Group’s Russian private military company has been deployed in eastern Ukraine,” the ministry said in a status update posted on its Twitter account.
“They must deploy more than 1,000 mercenaries, including ISIS officers, for combat operations,” it added.
The Wagner group and its paramilitaries are suspected of abuse in Mali, Libya and Syria.
London said Russia was likely to be forced to redeploy its Wagner officials to Ukraine at the expense of operations in Africa and Syria, due to heavy damage and a large-scale stagnant occupation (in Ukraine).
Wagner targets through siege
By mid-March, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russia had compiled a list of 40,000 fighters from the Syrian army and allied forces ready to be deployed in Ukraine.
According to a Western official on Friday, Russian forces are concentrating their efforts in Ukraine on the Donbass, where they are facing “well-equipped and trained Ukrainian troops.”
In response, according to this source, “separatist forces are trying to round up the Russian army and officials from the Wagner group in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions.”
The Wagner Group is one of 59 Russian companies and individuals targeted on Thursday by a series of new sanctions imposed by London in response to Russia’s occupation of Ukraine in late February.
In addition to the paramilitary unit, the Russian diamond giant Alrosa or the hydroelectric plant Rushidro was also targeted. More than 1,000 Russian individuals and organizations have been added to the UK sanctions target list.
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