Ukraine's SBU release more information on crimes comitted by Russia's PMC Wagner

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new data concerns the actions of Russian mercenaries in Central Africa
23:17, 20 December 2018


The SBU, Ukraine's state security service published more information about the crimes committed by Wagner private military company. The Ukrainian authority's press service reported that on Thursday evening.    

The SBU reiterated that Russian reporters Orkhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were killed while on duty, as they looked into the illegal activity of the Russian mercenaries in Central Africa. The Russian government denies any involvement in their murder or the very fact of the presence of Wagner PMC in the Central African Republic.

The available data says that the PMC Wagner mercenaries were sent to the Central African Republic by the leaders of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces yet in early 2018. The legal cover appeared to be M-Finans LLC, based in St. Petersburg and headed by Russian businessman Yevgeniy Prigozhyn. The M-Finans's security service is officially authorized to train the members of local armed units and secret transportation of the gems from Central Africa to Russia in the interests of the top leadership of the state and the Russian special services. Some of the mercenaries came to Central Africa using Prigozhyn's private aircraft. 

Related: Ukraine releases personal data of Wagner PMC fighters in Syria

The Ukrainian service identified another 37 Russian citizens involved in the secret missions in the Central African Republic; the Russian military intelligence recruited them. It appeared that most of the fighters took part in the military actions in Donbas and Syria. When the Russian special service learned that the reporters came to Africa, the leader of security service of M-Finans was ordered to avoid any media leaks about Wagner company's presence in the country. 

'The secret actions of Russian mercenaries of Wagner in the Central African Republic should become the subject of the international investigation. The Russian government is not interested in revealing the truth since it is about the 'private army of Putin', who have the blood of thousands of peaceful citizens in Ukraine and Syria on their hands. We all have to finally realize that the silence of the world community kills', said Vasyl Hrytsak, the Head of the SBU.

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