Stanislaw Zaryn spoke about the presence of the Wagnerians in Belarus. He said that “they are also near the Polish border.” — They are involved in the training of the Belarusian army in the vicinity
Stanislaw Zaryn spoke about the presence of the Wagnerians in Belarus. He said that “they are also near the Polish border.” — They are involved in the training of the Belarusian army in the vicinity of Brest. (...) Here it is not clear what mission the Wagnerians will ultimately carry out, but we must prepare ourselves for the fact that they will be used against Poland, he added.
As he noted, at the moment there are about a thousand Wagnerians in Belarus, “but some estimates say as much as three thousand.”
Asked about the mission of the Wagner group, Zaryn said that Alyaksandr Lukashenko initially thought that he “found some treasure that allows him to petrify his power in Belarus.” As underlined by the deputy minister coordinator of special services, the Wagnerian supporters may quickly get out of Lukashenka's control and become a problem for Belarus itself.
"These are criminals, war criminals who make trouble wherever they are," he said.
The first information about the possible transfer of Wagner's group to Belarus was published by the Russian independent media at the end of June. They predicted that 8,000 mercenaries would be stationed in the Mogilev region, in the Osipowicz region. There is a former military base of the Belarusian missile forces in the village of Cel, abandoned until recently, and then hastily renovated.
During Sunday's meeting with Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Lukashenko said that the mercenaries of the Wagner group stationed in Belarus “asked for permission to move to the West.”
— They want to go on a trip to Warsaw and Rzeszow – he said.
According to the Ukrainian Center for National Resistance, the mercenaries have started a recruitment campaign in Belarus. One of the conditions for signing the contract with the Wagnerians is to be “agreeing to participate in clashes in the territory of countries neighboring Belarus, in particular Poland and Lithuania.”