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40 Ukrainians in Wagner group identified, trained for sabotage in Ukraine
18:21, 7 October 2017
40 Ukrainians in Wagner group identified, trained for sabotage in Ukraine

According to the intelligence service, 95% of mercenaries are Russian citizens

18:21, 7 October 2017

112 Agency

Ukrainian Security Service established the identity of 40 Ukrainians who are members of the Wagner group of mercenaries in Donbas.  This was stated during a briefing, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine, by the head of the SSU Vasyl Hrytsak.

According to the intelligence service, 95% of mercenaries in the group are Russian citizens, mostly former military men.

"We established that there was a division named Carpathians, which is part of the Wagner group, and later it was renamed Spring division. It consists of people who are citizens of Ukraine who are trained at the Wagner group to conduct subversive operations inside our country ", said the head of the SSU Vasyl Hrytsak.

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He also specified that there are about 40 such people among the Wadner's mercenaries.

Earlier we reported that to date, 1587 members of the Wagner group have been identified from more than 5,000 mercenaries. In general, the participation of Wagner's mercenaries in the conflict in Donbas since 2014 was established by Ukrainian Security Service.

The Wagner Group, is a Russian private military company that has fought on the side of the Syrian government during the Syrian Civil War. Between 2014 and 2015, they also fought in the War in Donbas against the Ukrainian pro-government forces. In addition, they were involved in the 2014 Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. The contractors have been described as "ghost soldiers", due to the Russian government not officially acknowledging them.

According to the SSU, the Wagner mercenaries are involved in the tragedy of IL-76, the storming of the Luhansk airport and Debaltseve.

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