USA on Friday designated the Russian paramilitary group Wagner as a “transnational criminal organization”, increasing the pressure on this private army that fights in different areas of the land in the conflict of Ukraine.
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Wagner “is a organization criminal that continues to commit widespread atrocities and human rights abuses.”said White House national security spokesman John Kirby.
Kirby noted that the group, which many Western governments describe as mercenaries and human rights violations, had some “50,000” members deployed in Ukraine, mostly recruited from Russian prisons.
USA considers that “the group Wagner currently has some 50,000 people deployed in Ukraine, including 10,000 mercenaries and 40,000 prisoners” to such an extent that it arouses “reservations” in the Russian Defense Ministry about its “recruitment methods”, it added.
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Washington hopes to take further action against the group after including it in his blacklist.
Kirby shared satellite images showing Russian trains bound for North Korea to stock up on equipment to supply them. to the group Wagnerin violation of UN resolutions, he said.
Directed by Yevgeny Prigojine, a close associate of the Russian president Vladimir Putinis organization paramilitary is very active in the fierce battle for the capture of the city of Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine.
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