“SBU has evidence that “Wagner” units acted and are acting on the territory of Ukraine, Syria, Central African Republic, and Sudan. The service does not confirm or refutes information about their presence in other African states and Venezuela for now,” he said.
At the same time, Hrytsak reminded that SBU publishes information about “Wagner” members in Ukraine and other countries once the service has it.
For today, the number of this military formation reaches thousands of people and Russia spends billions of rubles for its maintenance.
“In average, around 3 billion rubles ($45,8 billion - ed.) is needed to pay the salary for all the workers of “Wagner” (2500-3000 people). We should not forget about payments for the families of the deceased – 5 million rubles ($76,350, - ed.) for one killed… There are also direct expenses – weapons, ammunition, petrol, armored equipment (tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, Grad multiple rocket launchers and so on). These things are being supplied from the warehouses of Russian Defence Ministry for free,” he specified.
Earlier, media reported that “Wagner” fighters flew from Russia to Venezuela to protect its President Nicolas Maduro, whom people want to resign.