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Russia pulls some Wagner forces from Africa for Ukraine: Townsend | Breaking Defense

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The Wagner Group: The Russian mercenary force’s private warriors

Private combatants from the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary organization, have been tasked with fighting in Ukraine. According to authorities, private fighters are assuming new frontline positions in the Russian onslaught in the east. Most of Wagner’s personnel has come from Libya, where, according to the United States, Kremlin-backed Wagner militants have been a disruptive force for years. After many years of anti-terrorist operations in Mali, the Wagner Group is filling the hole left by the French military. Townsend said he is “vigilant” to the likelihood that Russia may increase its activities in Africa to distract attention from its aggressive invasion of Ukraine. In May, the United States Special Operations Command chief said that the Wagner Group was a “terrorist group.”

Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2022/07/russia-pulls-some-wagner-forces-from-africa-for-ukraine-townsend/

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