Dmitriy Utkin, the retired colonel of the Russian army, widely known under his alias ‘Wagner’ did not come to Kirovohrad region, central Ukraine in 2015. Lt. Gen. Petro Tsyhykal, the head of Ukraine’s state border guard said this in his interview with censor.net outlet.
The official denied this information, admitting that Utkin was born in Smolino town; this is where his mother lives. ‘A man with such last name actually came there; however, we and the Security Service of Ukraine checked this information, and it turned out it was quite a different man,’ Tsyhykal said.
Commenting on the reporter’s remark about local residents seeing the same man who was born in Smolino, the official said the neighbors apparently spread this information for reporters.
Utkin is the 47-year-old colonel of the Russian army. Previously, he served with the military intelligence; since he left the army, he has been working with Morgan Security Group, guarding maritime vessels in dangerous areas. In late 2013-2014, he organized his own security company, which is now widely referred to as Wagner Group. The company is heavily involved in the Donbas conflict and the Russian military campaign in Syria.