Russian mercenary organization “Wagner Group”.Figure: Retrieved from Twitter
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is in a hurry. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced the mobilization of 300,000 reserve soldiers into the battlefield. The Moscow authorities also tried to supplement the source of troops through the Russian mercenary organization “Wagner Group” (Wagner Group), recruiting dangerous criminals to the battlefield. Killing in Ukraine. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian restaurant oligarch, “Putin Royal Chef” publicly stated on the 26th that he established the Wagner Group in 2014, which has mercenaries in Latin America and Africa.
According to AFP, Prigzin said in a statement through his company Concord that he formed the Wagner Group in 2014 to send fighters to Ukraine’s Donbass region. “Since then, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, and subsequently named the Battalion Tactical Group of Wagner (BTG Wagner),” the statement read.
Prigetzin has a meal contract with the Kremlin and is known as “Putin’s Royal Chef”. He has previously denied ties to the Wagner Group. “These are the heroes who defended the people of Syria, the people of other Arab countries, and the poor African and Latin American people who have become the backbone of our homeland,” he declared in a statement.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Moscow has sought the help of Wagner Group mercenaries to help the Russian army invade Ukrainian territory. Prigzin, 61, has been sanctioned by the European Union and the United States. There have been many people speculating that he is the controller of the Wagner Group, but Prigzin has always denied the rumors. The outside world also suspects that the Wagner Group plays a major role in the realization of the Russian government’s foreign ambitions, and the Kremlin has always denied any connection with the group.
In the past, traces of Wagner’s mercenaries could be found in Central Africa, Sudan, Libya, Mozambique, Syria and other countries. Over the years, these people have left a terrible impression on the outside world. Many of the organization’s actions are related to human rights violations. Said to be notorious. Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported in 2018 that several Russian-speaking men were filmed killing and dismembering a detainee in Syria. The men were Wagner mercenaries.