9 December 2016 the Kremlin has hosted a celebration of the “Heroes of the Fatherland Day”. Russian journalists noticed in one broadcast channel of the Kremlin Dmitry Utkin, better known as “Wagner” and the commander of the eponymous private military companies (PMCs) who fought in the Donbass and Syria. This writes Fontanka.
“In the story of the First channel you can see a middle-aged man who sits at the table on the left, on the border of the frame. Those who are personally acquainted with Dmitry Utkin, confirmed: this is it”, – writes the edition.
The video can not see what the award Utkin. It is known that at the time of discharge from the armed forces of the Russian Federation Hero of the Soviet Union or Russia, he had received the order of St. George was not.
In March this year, Fontanka wrote a great piece about private armies in Syria and Donbass. In particular, the journalists found out that the Russian authorities use PMCs for waging hybrid war in Ukraine and Syria. Reporters found at least one company – it was PMC Wagner.
Dmitry Utkin (photos fontanka.ru)
According to the Fontanka, now Utkin, a reserve officer, until 2013, was the commander of the 700-th separate brigade of spetsnaz of the 2nd separate brigade of Spetsnaz GRU of the defense Ministry. After retirement he worked in the Moran Security Group, was involved in the Syrian expedition of the “Slavic corps” in 2013. 2014 – the commander of their own division, which at his call has received the code name “PMC Wagner.”
In 2014-2015, according to the media, PMC Wagner appeared on the territory of the occupied Donbas. From autumn 2015, the PMCs were transferred to Syria. Presumably it is this division played a decisive role in the storming of Palmyra.
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