The leader of the Wagner group sends an open letter to John Kirby.
Published on 22.1.2023
After Washington appointed Wagner as an “international criminal organization”its founder Evgueni Prigojine asked the National Security Council of the White House to specify the crime for which he accuses the group.
The founder of the Wagner group Yevgeny Prigojine published on his telegram channel an open letter to White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
The letter published in Russian and English has only one question: “Dear Mr. Kirby, could you clarify what crime the private military group Wagner committed? » .
We publish an open letter from Yevgeny Viktorovich to John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator for the United States National Security Council.
On Friday January 20, speaking to reporters, Mr. Kirby accused the group of “vast atrocities” and “human rights abuses”. According to him, the group has nearly “50,000” people deployed in Ukraine, “including 10,000 mercenaries and 40,000 prisoners”.
The man promised that the US Treasury Department would impose additional sanctions on the group, which played a major role in capturing the town of Soledar and continues to encircle Bakhmut/Artyomovsk.
In his first reaction to Washington’s decision, Mr. Prigojine joked about the idea that Wagner and the Americans had thus become “colleagues”. “Our relationship can now be called ‘a showdown between criminal clans’,” he wrote.