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Russia deploys recruitment centers, small unit of Wagner Group in Luhansk region, - SBU

Also, the members of the group provided the security of ex-head of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” Ihor Plotnytsky
14:30, 8 October 2018

Reuters

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claimed that the Russian Federation has deployed the recruitment centers and small unit of the private military company “Wagner” in Luhansk region. Ihor Huskov, the Chief of the SBU staff claimed this as Ukrainian News reported.

“We spotted them (“Wagner” fighters”) only at the territory of Luhansk region and they were present in Donetsk region only during the fights for Debaltseve,” he noted.

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Also, the members of the group provided the security of ex-head of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” Ihor Plotnytsky.

“As for today, there are the recruitment centers in Donbas, while mostly citizens of Luhansk region come there. Also, we have the information on the place of the current deployment of the small unit from the membership of “Wagner” private military company but it does not surpass a few dozens of people,” Huskov said.

Related: Ukraine's special service names three mercenaries of Wagner Group fighting in Syria

According to him, this unit deals with the murder of people in occupied territories who are undesirable by Russia.

Earlier SBU claimed about the presence of the evidence on the involvement of the Russian mercenaries from Wagner Group in the murder of three Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguev, and Kirill Radchenko in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Related: Militants of Wagner Group may arrive in Donbas over next few days, - SBU

The Wagner Group has been involved in Donbas conflict since May 2014 till August 2015. Then, they moved to Syria, assisting the Syrian army in a number of combat operations.

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