NewsUkrainians capture Russian Wagner Group mercenaries in Africa amidst group's disintegration

Ukrainians capture Russian Wagner Group mercenaries in Africa amidst group's disintegration

Ukrainians shattered a division of the Wagner Group. And it's not in Europe.
Ukrainians shattered a division of the Wagner Group. And it's not in Europe.
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6:08 AM EST, February 6, 2024

The Wagner Group and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, were a considerable nuisance for Ukrainians on the battlefield, yet they retreated at a crucial point in a fight. Afterwards, contrary to the oligarch's predictions, they confronted Russian army commanders and hastened to Moscow, only for their rebellion to be swiftly subdued.

A few months later, Prigozhin perished in a plane crash. The group continues to fight, but today, they are predominantly on the peripheries of the Russian army. Another private mercenary group, PMC "Redut", stepped in to substitute the Wagner Group.

The Wagner Group has been gradually disintegrating since the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin. Some members continue to operate in Africa, upholding the Kremlin's interests. The remaining mercenaries are reportedly being assimilated into the Russian Guard, which plans to dispatch them to Ukraine to safeguard strategic locations.

Interestingly, even there, the group encountered Ukrainian soldiers who captured them. Everything was recorded and made public on Platform X.

We are soldiers of the Wagner Group. We were traveling from South Africa to Khartoum. Our objective was to topple the local government. There are about a hundred of us in Sudan - said the captured Wagner Group soldiers.

Is a new Wagner Group emerging in Africa?

According to the Center for Eastern Studies, the African Corps replaced the disbanded Wagner Group last year with the new task of securing the Kremlin's interests.

The new units are set to be stationed in several Sahel countries, the Central African Republic (CAR), and Libya, with the scope of their operations regulated by contracts with local governments. For Russian military structures to operate unhindered in Sahel countries, they should have free access to ports and airports in Libya and Algeria - reports OSW, elaborating that the African Corps conducts operations of a mercenary-volunteer nature.
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