Group of Russian mercenaries, the so-called private military company Wagner, took part in combat actions against ATO forces in the Donbass, and performed the tasks of the Kremlin in Syria. This writes the Russian RBC.
“This structure has no official name, the name of its leader and revenue were not disclosed, and the very existence of the company, perhaps the largest on the market, not advertised formally PMCs are illegal in our country”, – notes the edition.
According to sources, Wagner – call the head of the group, in fact, his name is Dmitri Utkin, and he had previously served in the Pskov brigade of the Main intelligence Directorate of the Russian Federation. In 2013, Utkin, who had left by the time the Russian armed forces, went to the middle East in a group of fighters recruited by the company Slavonic corps – a subsidiary registered in Hong Kong Slavonic Corps Limited.
In October 2015 a group of Wagner wrote Fontanka: citing anonymous sources, the publication reported that mercenaries from the former Slavic body is later seen among carried out the annexation of the Crimea troops in February-March 2014, and after another year in the East of Ukraine as an independent unit.
On the participation of a group of Wagner in the fighting on the side of the terrorist organizations DND and LNR in the end of 2015, wrote The Wall Street Journal. In the same article, the journalists told about the death in the middle East nine of Wagner. The Russian defense Ministry this information is called “surge”.
The question of the establishment of PMCs in Russia has been discussed many times, but the breakthrough in this sense occurred after the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, when “well established” units of the Russian GRU, said the interlocutor of RBC, close to the organization.
It GRU secretly oversees a group of Wagner, confirmed RBC officer of the defense Ministry and the FSB, adding that this group emerged after the world aggravated the situation.”
Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions.