Russia’s Wagner Group has deployed its mercenaries to eastern Ukraine, the UK defense ministry said on Monday, adding that more than 1,000 are likely to take part in the fighting following Russia’s retreat.
“Russian Private Army Company Wagner Group has been deployed to eastern Ukraine,” MoD tweeted.
“They are expected to deploy more than 1,000 mercenaries, including senior leaders of the organization, to carry out combat operations,” the ministry said.
Known to be close to President Vladimir Putin, the Wagner Group and its mercenaries are suspected of committing abuses in Mali, Libya and Syria.
“Due to huge losses and stalled aggression, Russia will most likely have to re -prioritize Wagner’s staff for Ukraine at the expense of operations in Africa and Syria,” the UK defense ministry said.
Britain last week imposed more sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including the Wagner Group, in connection with the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.
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