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Up to 700 Wagner troops have arrived in Belarus so far

Jul 18, 2023

Currently, up to 700 mercenaries of the Russian PMC Wagner have arrived in Belarus. Some of them will perform the function of "nerving" Poland and other NATO member states.


This was stated by a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Andrei Yusov, Censor.NET reports citing Liga.

"At the moment, despite reports of several convoys coming and going, we are talking about hundreds of people - 500-700 militants," Yusov said in response to a question about the number of Wagnerites already in Belarus.

According to the representative of the GUR, the mercenaries will be in Belarus "in the status of people about whom the two dictators have agreed."

Yusov noted that some of these 500-700 people will be instructors. Wagner's men will train the Belarusian army, and later, possibly, train new units of mobilized Russians.

"And some of them will be publicly and consciously involved, in particular, in unnerving Poland, other member states of the Alliance, and the European Union," the DIU representative said.

He emphasized that these mercenaries do not pose any threat to the EU and NATO countries, especially since they enter Belarus unarmed, and they mostly leave the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine in an unarmed state.

Yusov added that Ukraine is monitoring the situation, but the arrival of the Wagnerites in Belarus does not change the security situation in any way.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 18/07/2023

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