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Ukraine's Special Forces are 'cleaning up' Wagner PMC mercenaries in Sudan

6 November, 2023 Monday
20:55

According to one of the videos, Ukraine's Special Forces are combing the streets of the African city and fighting Wagner PMC mercenaries at close range with RPGs

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This is reported by the Kyiv Post that exclusively obtained two videos. 

An operation to clean up the Wagner PMC and the Russian Federation's special services in the African country is presently underway, according to a source in Ukraine's security and defense industry.

“The footage probably shows the work of special units of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (HUR),” the source said, adding that the video had been filmed in the last two weeks.

The first black-and-white video appears to have been captured at night by a drone utilizing infrared technology. In the footage, a small unit of troops surrounds a compound, with targets inside indicated. An attacker fires a hand-held rocket launcher into a building window in one set of photographs.

The footage then switches between infrared night camera and conventional views lighted by explosive flashes, with a number of explosions following. Some of the men in the building begin to fire back, while others attempt to flee.

“The second video is shot during the day, also from an aircraft hovering at 200-400 meters above the ground. No Ukrainian operatives are shown but a number of men who appear to be targets run through the streets of a densely-populated town or small village,” Kyiv Post writes. 

Several explosions can be observed in the area, ranging in scale from grenade-like to similar to a medium caliber howitzer round. The larger strikes produce fireballs the length of a low-rise apartment block.

Others release smoke and dust six storeys into the air. The cause of the explosions remains unknown. Some explosions landed on building roofs. There are no evident casualties.

The Ukrainian government has neither formally recognized the deployment of field operators to Sudan, nor the conduct of actions in the nation targeting Wagner fighters. 

Why is Ukraine involved in Sudan? 

"You can also recall the words of General Budanov that Ukraine will destroy Russian war criminals anywhere in the world, wherever they are,” Main Intelligence Directorate representative Yusov also said.

Russia and the Wagner Group were intimately involved in the Sudan coup in 2019, supporting Hemedti and his warriors and supplying weapons, with Wagner notably delivering surface-to-air missiles to the Rapid Reaction Force (RSF).

According to a senior Sudanese source, Wagner supplied almost 90% of RSF weapons, and the supply has not stopped despite the deaths of Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin and his deputy Dmitry Utkin in an aircraft crash in Russia.

President Zelenskyy stated in September that he had an unscheduled encounter with Sudanese Sovereign Council head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan while passing through Ireland's Shannon airport.

"We discussed our common security challenges, namely the activities of illegal armed groups financed by Russia," he said. 

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