The arrest of 33 suspected Russian mercenaries in Belarus believed to be plotting “terrorism” ahead of the country’s 9 August presidential election has thrown the spotlight once again on the Wagner group and its alleged operations in Africa
Reports by UN investigators, the US military and journalists have documented Wagner group operations in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Sudan and the Central African Republic.
Hundreds of mercenaries from Russia’s shadowy Wagner Group are operating in Libya, a leaked UN report says.
They have been supporting renegade general Khalifa Haftar’s battle against the Tripoli-based government
It is the first time the UN has confirmed reports of Wagner’s involvement in Libya, putting the number of operatives at between 800 and 1,000.
The 57-page report says Wagner operatives have been in Libya since October 2018, “providing technical support for the repair of military vehicles and participating in combat operations”.
The Russian government has denied any links to the group.
It is suspected that the alleged mercenaries could have been on their way to protect a Russian-owned gold mine in Sudan.