200 Russian mercenaries come to Libya, join local militia leader

The group includes snipers from Wagner PMC who previously fought in Syria and Donbas
22:40, 5 November 2019


Over the last six weeks, some 200 armed Russian mercenaries came to Libya. The group, in particular, includes the snipers from Wagner private military company. According to the New York Times, it's a part of the Kremlin's campaign to restore its influence in the Middle East and Africa. 

The said snipers previously fought in Syria and Donbas. According to the U.S. outlet, they may be identified by the type of ammunition they use. These are the bullets they used in Donbas. Libyan military doctors reported that the nature of combat injuries has changed lately. These are caused by the narrow gunshot wounds in the head or the body; they are caused by expansion rounds that leave no holes, remaining in the flesh. A worker of EU law enforcement agency told the press that the absence of bullet holes points out to the expansive rounds used by Russian marksmen in Donbas.

Related: "Wagner" group still works in Ukraine, - Security Service

The hired guns from Russia sided with Khalifa Haftar, the militia leader in Eastern Libya. They stand against the Government of National Accord in Tripoly, which enjoys the support of Turkey. Russia, backed by the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia decided to intervene.

Related: Enrollment in “Wagner group” takes place in annexed Crimea, - Security Service

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