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Hundreds of Wagner mercenaries return to Bakhmut - UK intelligence

Sep 29, 2023

In recent weeks, hundreds of militants formerly associated with the Wagner group have begun to relocate to Ukraine individually and in small groups to participate in the war as part of various Russian units.

This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.


As noted in the report, the Wagner group withdrew from hostilities in Ukraine by early June 2023, before the failed coup on June 24, 2023, and the subsequent death of Wagner owner Yevgeny Prigozhin and other leaders in the plane crash on August 23, 2023.

According to British intelligence, the exact status of the redeployed personnel is unclear, but it is likely that some individuals have been transferred to official Russian forces.

"Several reports suggest a concentration of Wagner veterans around Bakhmut: their experience is likely to be particularly in demand in this sector. Many will be familiar with current front line and local Ukrainian tactics, having fought over the same terrain last winter," the British Ministry of Defense said.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 29/09/2023

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