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Russia may use Wagner forces in Belarus for sabotage, - The Economist

Jun 29, 2023

The Wagner PMC fighters, who are going to be transferred to Belarus after the unsuccessful mutiny, may be used for sabotage missions.

This was reported by The Economist.


According to the publication, about 2500-5000 Wagner mercenaries who played a role in the rebellion may be transferred to the territory of Belarus. The Economist, citing a senior Ukrainian government official, notes that the Wagner mercenaries could be used as saboteurs.

"These are professional troops who could be used on diversionary missions," the source said.

At the same time, the newspaper's sources in Ukrainian intelligence note that the threat of an offensive from Belarus remains low.

"There may be a game to get us to move forces to the north. But we play games too," the intelligence official said.

As a reminder, on June 23 and 24, the leader of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, attempted to stage a coup in Russia. He openly opposed the Russian leadership. His militants went on a "march" to Moscow, but never reached it.

On the evening of June 24, after negotiations with self-proclaimed President of Belarus Lukashenko, Prigozhin stopped his mercenaries and said he was going to Belarus.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 29/06/2023

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