The liquidation of the Wagner Group mercenary units in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions has begun by order of the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The liquidation of the Wagner Group mercenary units in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions has begun by order of the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Separate assault units of “suicide squads” are being created from the Wagnerian soldiers, which are sent to regain positions lost by the Russians.
The attitude towards the Wagnerians on the Ukrainian front has fundamentally changed. According to the estimates of Western intelligence with Yevgeny Prigozhin, no more than a thousand of his mercenaries went to Belarus, and others are forced to sign contracts with the Russian defense ministry. According to Shoigu's order of June 25, the liquidation of the Wagner group began on the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions.
Separate assault units of “suicide squads” are being created from the Wagnerian soldiers, which are sent to regain positions lost by the Russians.
According to Ukrinform, the Kremlin intends to take control of the “Prygozhin empire” in Africa and the Middle East.
“Of course, Russia cannot give up such a lever of influence in Africa as the Wagner Group. Therefore, the only solution for the Kremlin is to rebrand the company with the appointment of new leaders. Representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry have already informed the leaders of African countries that the group will continue its activities, but under new management” the agency wrote.
In addition to providing security to regimes, the Wagner Group also mines valuable resources, from diamonds to gold. On Tuesday, the US State Department imposed sanctions on Wagner-related companies involved in trading gold mined in the Central African Republic and Mali.
The resort has announced that it will take further action. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller recently again warned African states that the presence of mercenaries involves the exploitation of local residents, the looting of local resources and the abuse of human rights.
Anonymous telephone surveys of respondents from all regions of Russia by a group of independent sociologists in Russian field prove that 72% of people would support Putin's hypothetical decision on a peace agreement and ending the war, and another 12% believe that Russia should withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine. 35% of Russians answered that they would cancel the beginning of the invasion altogether if they had the opportunity to go back in time. Only every second Russian (53%) believes that Russia is moving in the right direction.
“But the main factor of concern was that the political, military and business elites doubted whether Putin has regained control of the situation in the country after the rebellion. Officials and businessmen fear that Putin will seek to confirm his power, which will lead to increased repression in the country.” - the Center for countering disinformation explains.