‘Putin leader’ says he will train ‘militias’ and build fortifications on Ukrainian border

The leader of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, Evgeny Prigozhin, said Friday that his organization will train “militiamen” and build fortifications in two regions of Russia on the border with Ukraine, reports France Presse.

“The private military company Wagner helps and will help the population of the border territories (with Ukraine) to receive training, build facilities, train people and organize militias,” the service quoted Prigozhin as saying. press of his company Concord.

He did not publish more evidence to prove his claims, according to Agerpres.

According to Prigozhin, these new activities began in the Russian regions of Belgorod and Kursk, regularly hit in recent months by fire attributed by Moscow to the Ukrainian army.

The objective, according to Prigojin, is to build “fortified works and training centers for militiamen in the border regions”. ” Who wants peace prepares for war. You must always be ready to defend your land,” he added.

Since 2014, mercenaries from the Wagner Group have been accused of serving the interests of Vladimir Putin’s regime in numerous conflict zones, from Syria to Ukraine, via Africa and South America.

In recent months, the group has been actively operating on the Ukrainian front, in support of the Russian army. He is accused of touring Russian prisons to recruit prisoners to fight in Ukraine in exchange for a reduced sentence, according to AFP.

In September, 61-year-old Evgheni Prigojin admitted founding the paramilitary organization after years of denial. This week, he also bragged about having carried out election influence operations in the United States.

Now it operates fully in Russia with an uncovered face, a sign of a certain rise in power since the Kremlin offensive in Ukraine and the start of military mobilization in the country after the defeats of the Russian army on the front.

In October, he inaugurates with great pomp the headquarters of the “private military company Wagner” in a glass building in Saint Petersburg.

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