The representatives of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) stated that Ukrainians account for 10% of Wagner staff, a private military company, as Igor Huskov, the Chief of SBU staff, said, Ukrainian News reports.
Answering the question about the amount of Ukrainians who serve in Wagner (percentage-wise, - ed.), Huskov said:
“It’s around 10%. But the nuance is that Wagner doesn’t have a constant staff, it’s a contract basis, and rotation takes place once in three months or less frequently. There are people who, have been served in Donbas, then have been to Syria for three-four times,” he noted.
In total, according to SBU, more than 5,000 people were part of Wagner Group.
“The number of the Ukrainians, including those from Crimea, who received Russian citizenship, is no more than 10%,” Huskov added.
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. Wagner Group is an unofficial armed formation, also called the Russian private military company. The group operated on the territory of Ukraine, and then in Syria since 2014. In June 2017, it was included in the US sanctions list.