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Less than 1,000 Wagner fighters left in Belarus

18 September, 2023 Monday
19:26

As of September 18, less than 1,000 Wagner PMC mercenaries remained in Belarus

This was reported by the Center for National Resistance.

According to the local underground in Belarus, the number of Wagner soldiers has dropped to less than 1,000.

Of these, only 200 are reportedly working as instructors for special units of the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Defense. At the same time, the rest are those who are not hired by the new private military companies or the Russian Ministry of Defense.

After all, a part of the Russian Defense Ministry has created a PMC that is trying to attract mercenaries from the Wagner PMC. 

Information about the actions of the invading Russian forces and their accomplices in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories can be reported via a chatbot.

What is known about the fate of Wagner soldiers

After the mutiny of Wagner PMC leader Yevgeny Prigozhin in late June, the Kremlin reported that the mercenaries had been relocated to Belarus.

On June 27, the self-proclaimed President of Belarus confirmed the arrival of Yevgeny Prigozhin in the country. According to him, the Wagner mercenaries who arrived with him would not guard the Russian tactical nuclear weapons stationed there. 

On July 31, the Wagner PMC suspended the work of its regional centers for recruiting mercenaries "for an indefinite period". Also, on the order of financier Yevgeny Prigozhin, they have until August 5 to arrive at camps in the Republic of Belarus.

On August 3, Wagner PMC mercenaries settled in Belarus near the border with Lithuania, in the city of Grodno. President Gitanas Nausėda was concerned about the security situation.

On August 23, a business jet belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, an Embraer aircraft, crashed in Russia's Tver region, resulting in the confirmed deaths of 10 individuals.

Subsequently, the Institute for the Study of War suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin might have ordered the assassination of Wagner PMC leader Yevgeny Prigozhin to reassert dominance and seek revenge.

After that, on August 25, self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Wagner mercenaries would continue to be based in the country, despite Prigozhin's alleged death.

On August 29, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus had been issuing passports with changed surnames to Wagner fighters for a month, which may be related to the preparation of sabotage activities, including terrorist attacks.

The disbanding of the Wagner PMC camp in the village of Tsel near Osipovich continues, as shown by satellite imagery. From August 23 to September 14, about 60 large military tents were removed.

Read more about the plane crash with Prigozhin here.

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