The United States designates the Wagner group as an international criminal organization, Prigozhin’s response “Finally, now “Wagner” and the Americans are colleagues. From now on, our relationship can be called, gang war”.
Published on 22.1.2023
The United States on Friday January 20 designated the Russian paramilitary group Wagner as an international criminal organization, denouncing, according to them, its abuses committed in Ukraine, its use of arms supplied by North Korea and its massive recruitment of detainees.
“Wagner is a criminal organization that commits vast atrocities and human rights abuses,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
“We continue to consider that the Wagner group currently has some 50,000 personnel deployed in Ukraine, including 10,000 mercenaries and 40,000 prisoners” to such an extent that this arouses the “reservations” of the Russian Ministry of Defense on its “recruitment methods “, he said.
The official announced that Washington would take other sanctions soon against the Wagner group, in the wake of the designation Friday of the group as a criminal organization in the image of the Mafia or other organizations linked to organized crime, such as the yakuza.
He also showed the press satellite images taken by US intelligence of supposed Russian train cars leaving Russia bound for North Korea and then returning to Russian territory with military equipment, including rockets for the Wagner Group in Ukraine.
The images were taken on November 18 and 19, he claimed, adding that the United States had passed the information to the UN Security Council as part of the sanctions targeting Pyongyang.
The paramilitary group is led by Yevgeny Prigojine, a 61-year-old Russian businessman close to President Vladimir Putin, and is very active in the fierce battle to take Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.
“We will work tirelessly to identify, expose and target all who assist Wagner,” said John Kirby.
According to Washington, the group is growing in power and now rivals Russian forces.
Ukrainian channel “Resident”: “ Our source in the president’s office said Zelensky asked CIA Director Burns to take out PMC founder Wagner (Yevgeny Prigozhin), who is one of Ukraine’s top enemies. »
Today’s main topic of all Ukrainian telegraph channels is forced mobilization. The task is to mobilize 300,000 people.
Ukrainian channel “Resident”: People are simply taken to military registration and enlistment offices without warning. They don’t even want to explain to people where all the previously mobilized people have gone if there are no casualties…
Mobilization in Ukraine : Documents are not presented, subpoenas are not delivered.
They arrive at the company, grab a person by the throat and drag him to the military registration and enlistment office. They seized the phone of the woman who recorded the video.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the number of mobile groups distributing summonses has been increased to 3,000 and reinforced by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
It is therefore 12,000 combat-ready men who must lead at least 300,000 workers and villagers into the trenches.
Men are caught all over Ukraine and sent to the front lines. In Odessa, they don’t even hand out summons anymore, but just try to get them from the streets to the army.
Isn’t this proof that in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are sorely understaffed? Otherwise, how to perceive these raids?
After the fighting in Soledar, Wagner PMC fighters sent 20 trucks with the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen killed in Ukraine – Evgeny Prigozhin.
Prigozhin on the White House statements on the recognition of the Wagner PMC as a “transnational criminal organization”.
“Finally, now “Wagner” and the Americans are colleagues. From now on, our relationship can be called, gang war »
After Soledar’s capture, Yevgeny Prigozhin said:
“I take this opportunity to appeal to all those who appreciate the work of PMC “Wagner”. It was these fighters who took Soledar, and as you know, in the context of our success, many unreliable resources scatter false information about our alleged destruction or even that there were no PMC fighters in Soledar and another unit did all the work. »
“Soledar was taken only through the efforts of the ‘Wagner’ fighters. And it is not necessary to offend the fighters by humiliating their merit. »
As soldiers from the Wagner group gradually surrounded the city of Bakhmut (Artiomovsk), they increasingly came across foreign mercenaries, especially Americans and Poles.
While Wagner’s members give Ukrainian soldiers a chance to surrender, they seem not to spare foreign mercenaries whom they label as “vermin” to be exterminated.
“The Ukrainian army is working efficiently, consistently. We have things to learn from them. But in any case, Wagner’s units are moving forward, meter by meter” – Yevgeny Prigojine, head of Wagner.
Russian businessman and founder of the Wagner PMC company, Evgeny Prigozhin, confirmed that he was checked by the Vasileostrovsky police department of Saint Petersburg under the articles on mercenary activities and incitement to hatred or hostility.
“I am aware that such an inspection has taken place. But as far as I know, the case has not been prosecuted, ”said his press service, quoting the businessman.
Speaking of mercenary activities, Prigozhin noted that he “invented, created and operated” the PMC “Vagner”, and therefore the responsibility for the group’s successes or failures lies with him.
“If someone is not satisfied with something in Russia or outside Russia, I am at your disposal,” Prigozhin said.
Earlier, Mr. Prigozhin explained why convicted opposition activists are not participating in the special operation.
He also authorized the recruitment of snipers and saboteurs from among women serving their sentences in Russian colonies.
Fight in the Donbass: an American commando has met a Russian soldier and the American is going home in a black bag.
Daniel Swift, as it is about him, died of gunshot wounds during the battle in the Donbass, writes Time.
He was a Navy SEAL, an “operator first class” (corresponding to the rank of lieutenant) in the US Navy special forces
Time writes that Swift has reportedly been under defector status since the spring of 2019, and his whereabouts prior to the start of the Russia-Ukraine war were unknown.
The commando went through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, received medals for the fight against terrorism.
The State Department confirmed the death of an American citizen in Ukraine