Head of Russian Mercenary Group Wagner Announces Future Recruitment Plans
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian private military company Wagner, revealed that the group is currently not recruiting fighters. However, he did not rule out the possibility of doing so in the future. This announcement comes amidst uncertainty surrounding the future of Wagner and Prigozhin following a mutiny against the Russian defense establishment in late June.
Shortly after the mutiny, Prigozhin attended a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, indicating that the rift between Wagner and the government may have been addressed. Recent photographs of Prigozhin in St. Petersburg further suggest that he is still involved in the country’s military affairs.
In a voice message published on the Grey Zone Telegram channel, Prigozhin outlined the group’s commitment to advancing the greatness of Russia. He stated that Wagner is currently focusing on defining its next tasks, suggesting that the group has plans for future operations.
After the mutiny, the Kremlin announced that Wagner fighters who did not participate would be transferred to the regular army and sign contracts with the Defense Ministry. However, some fighters have reportedly relocated to Belarus and are now providing training to the country’s army.
Prigozhin also expressed Wagner’s interest in expanding its presence in Africa, particularly in Mali and the Central African Republic. This statement has raised concerns among Western governments, with the United States accusing Wagner of committing numerous atrocities. In response, the US has imposed sanctions on the group, classifying it as a criminal organization.
Despite these allegations, Prigozhin claims that Wagner operates in accordance with the laws of the countries where it operates. He even recently welcomed a military coup in Niger, further solidifying the group’s controversial reputation.
As the future of Wagner remains uncertain, the world watches closely to see how Prigozhin’s intentions and actions unfold.
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