Friday’s meeting between the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinwith whom he was Chief of Staff of the Wagner mercenary group Andrei Troshev makes them understand British intelligence services that the president intends to continue employing the operatives of this group due to their extensive experience despite the insurrection carried out in June by its now deceased leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.
The United Kingdom alludes to the images published this past Friday, September 29, about the meeting held between Putin and Troshevwhere the president entrusts Troshev with the formation of “new volunteer units.”
According to information from London, Troshev ended up siding with the official security forces this past summer by encouraging Wagner’s mercenaries to sign contracts cementing their relationship with Russian forces, against Prighozin’s orders. “Probably many Wagner veterans consider Troshev a traitor,” estimates United Kingdom.
Wagner’s leader flatly refused to let his forces end up under direct orders from the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, whom he considered incompetent. Experts understand that this friction was one of the main reasons for the short-lived June insurrection.
British Military Intelligence, in its evaluation published this Saturday, understands the publication of the meeting as a “presidential validation” of Troshev’s work and indicates that “Russia will continue to employ volunteer units and private military companies as it continues to plan for the future of Wagner.”
British Military Intelligence concludes that it sees Putin prepared to “employ the experience of veterans who demonstrate their usefulness to the Russian State”, specifically in the south of the world and Africa in particular, “although probably under stricter supervision from the Kremlin.”
The UK Intelligence Services have indicated this Friday that “hundreds of combatants previously linked to the Wagner Group“They would have begun to deploy again in Ukraine, where they fight “for various pro-Russian units.”
“Over the last few weeks, hundreds of fighters formerly associated with the private military company Wagner Group have likely begun to redeploy to Ukraine as individuals and in small groups.”they have stated.
Thus, they recalled that “the Wagner Group withdrew from combat operations in Ukraine in early June 2023, before the aborted mutiny of June 24 and the subsequent death of Wagner’s owner, Yevgeni Prigozhin and other senior officials in a plane crash on August 23.”
“The exact status of the personnel being redeployed is unclear, but it is likely that they have been transferred to parts of the official forces of the Ministry of Defense and other private military companies,” they stressed, according to a statement published by the Ministry of Defense. British through his account on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter.
Finally, they have pointed to the existence of “multiple reports” that “suggest a concentration of veterans of the Wagner Group in the surroundings of Bakhmut.” “His experience is particularly sought after in this sector. “Many will be familiar with the Ukrainian front line and local tactics, having fought over this same terrain last winter,” they explained.
In fact, Vladimir Putin On Thursday, he demanded that Andrei Troshev, a senior member of the Wagner Group, whom he proposed in July as the new leader of the mercenaries to replace Prigozhin, form “volunteer units” to carry out “combat missions” within the framework of the invasion of Ukraine, ordered by the head of the Kremlin himself in February 2022.