NewsWagner Group bolsters its footprint in Mali, reveals satellite imagery

Wagner Group bolsters its footprint in Mali, reveals satellite imagery

Wagner Group bolsters its footprint in Mali, reveals satellite imagery
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7:36 AM EST, February 29, 2024

Recent satellite imagery released by Sky News, captured by Maxar on February 26, showcases the development of the Wagner Group’s facility at Modibo Keita International Airport. This airport, which is the primary gateway to Mali and is located approximately 9 miles from Bamako, the nation's capital, has witnessed significant expansion.

The images indicate the completion of new roads and buildings in recent months, alongside extensive land clearing and initial excavation efforts in specific areas.

Sky News analysis suggests the aerial view reveals two substantial structures, likely administrative buildings, and a secured warehouse.

Russia intensifies its activities

The Wagner Group’s expansion signals an escalation in activity, with the base housing around 40 additional vehicles compared to figures from July last year.

This Russian venture into Mali points to an unyielded interest in the region despite the demise of Yevgeny Prigozhin and the subsequent restructuring of the Wagner Group.

Recent recruitment drives for the Russian African Corps, featured on Russian Telegram channels, offer enticing benefits such as competitive pay, medical coverage, and sound leadership.

Source: Sky News

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