Contents tagged with Russian mercenaries

  • Ukrainian Security Service: Russia plans to send 100 Wagner PMC fighters to Donbas

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced on its website that it has learned of plans to send roughly 100 fighters from the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) into the Donbas.

    “Russia’s intelligence agency continues to use Wagner mercenaries to escalate the combat in eastern Ukraine. According to the SBU’s information, in the next few days roughly 100 fighters from the Wagner PMC will arrive in occupied Donetsk to support the DPR terrorist group,” the report states.

    The SBU claims to …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: additional group of Russian mercenaries arrived in Donbas

    Ukrinform, citing Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesperson Maksym Prauta, reports that a new group of mercenaries from the Russian Federation have arrived in the separatist-controlled territories of Donbas.

    According to Maksym Prauta, Ukrainian intelligence has found evidence of the arrival of mercenaries to reinforce one of the motorized infantry units of the 1st Army Corps. The mercenaries are Russian citizens.

    "That said, the main motivational factors for them are monetary compensation …

  • CIA director: ‘a couple of hundred’ Russians were killed in Syria a few weeks ago

    During a Senate hearing for his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of State, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that “a couple hundred” Russians were killed in Syria a few weeks ago.

    “A handful of weeks ago, the Russians met their match. A couple hundred Russians were killed,” Pompeo said.

    He mentioned the incident as an example of the U.S. administration’s actions aimed at containing Russia, along with the expulsion of 60 diplomats. The comment was in answer to a question about whether or not the …

  • Kyiv investigates possible involvement of Ukrainian companies in transportation of Russian mercenaries to Syria

    Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan has instructed Ukraine’s State Aviation Service to verify whether the Syrian aviation company Cham Wings transported Russian mercenaries between Damascus and Rostov-on-Don. According to the ministry’s press service, Reuters had reported on such facts earlier.

    “Over 14 months since January 5, 2017, the aviation company made 51 flights from Damascus and Latakia to Rostov and back. Each time this was done using an Airbus A320, which can carry …

  • Kremlin blocks the bill legalizing Russian private military companies

    The Russian government has refused to support a bill to legalize private military companies (PMCs) in Russia, Interfax reports. The relevant revocation was sent to the State Duma.

    The Cabinet of Ministers said that the bill goes against Russia’s constitution. Section 5 article 13 of the Russian constitution prohibits the creation and activity of public unions whose goals and activities are directed at the creation of armed formations. Article 71 stipulates that matters of defense and security, …

  • BBC: 'Russian mercenaries' involved in Sudan conflict

    Mercenaries from the Russian private military companies that were previously involved in the conflicts in the Donbas and in Syria have gone to fight in Sudan on the side of dictator Oman al-Bashir’s government, reported the BBC Russian service with reference to Oleg Krinitsyn, head of the RSB Group private military company.

    “I heard that people have gone there and have even come back with a severe form of malaria,” Krinitsyn said. According to him, the company he heads “has interests there”, …