Wagner Group Pulls out of Africa for Possible Deployment to Ukraine

Wagner Group mercenaries have reportedly pulled out of the Central African Republic (CAR) to allegedly redeploy in the Ukrainian front.

“Usually when we hear that some have left we find out that they are just a handful—sometimes five or six people within a month. It’s the first time we are hearing that dozens have departed in a month,” an unnamed officer, who works at the military headquarters in the CAR capital, Bangui, told The Daily Beast

The officer added that more men will be leaving in the next few weeks for Eastern Europe but has not directly mentioned Ukraine. 

An alleged Wagner detainee, however, claimed that he overheard the CAR guards saying that the mercenaries were headed for Ukraine. 

Wagner mercenaries have been in Africa in 2017 to support CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadéra’s campaign against local insurgents.

News of Wagner’s redeployment plans came just days after the  Pentagon reported intel on possible Russian plans to launch false-flag operations in Ukraine amid tensions in the border. 

General Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said that aside from the CAR, Wagner mercenaries have also been reported to be massing in Mali and are already numbering in the hundreds. 

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