What the Ukrainian army says about the “Wagner line” built by Russian mercenaries

The Ukrainian army says it is preparing “countermeasures” for the “Wagner line” fortifications built by Yevgueni Prigojine’s mercenaries in the Lugansk region, reports Ukraînska Pravda.

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“Artificial barriers are intended to stop or hinder the advance of enemy troops. It can be both explosive and non-explosive barriers. But the history of wars has many examples where a countermeasure was taken for each weapon,” Brigadier General Alexei Gromov, head of the General Staff’s operational directorate in Kyiv, said on Thursday.

“Thus, therefore, we also have, thanks to international partners, the means to break through the barriers against explosive mines. Currently, we are carefully studying the process of restoring the so-called line and thinking about how to overcome it. But I can tell you with confidence: we will get closer, we will overcome it”, he added during a press briefing.

Satellite images showed last month that the Russian army had started building “dragon’s teeth”, small reinforced concrete fortifications built to counter tanks and mechanized infantry, on the border between the Luhansk region and the rest of Ukraine.

The Russian army relies on mercenaries to build its defensive line in Luhansk

Journalists from the Meduza investigative site later revealed that the Russian defensive line in this region of Ukraine is being built by the Wagner mercenary group led by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, one close associates of Vladimir Putin.

Meduza noted at the time that this line of defense would stretch for tens of kilometers and encompass the territory between Lisiyansk and Lugansk.

Nicknamed “Putin’s boss” because some of his companies serve the Kremlin, Prigozhin first admitted in September to founding the paramilitary group in 2014 with which Moscow has for years denied any connection.

Other satellite images released this week show that invading Russian forces have also begun setting up “dragon’s teeth” around the port city of Mariupol, as well as trenches and other defensive positions, including in Crimea, the peninsula illegally annexed in 2014.

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