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Revealed: ‘Russian Destroyer’ Sent To Kill Volodymyr Zelenskyy

More than 400 Russian-backed mercenaries have been deployed to Ukraine’s capital to kill President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and help Moscow’s invasion forces take control, insiders say.

Based on TimeThe Wagner Group, a paramilitary group operating “as a branch of the state”, sent “mercenaries from Africa five weeks ago with the task of beheading Zelenskyy’s government in exchange for a financial bounty.” main”.

Their mission became known to the Ukrainian authorities on Saturday, when authorities in Kyiv imposed a “36-hour ‘hard’ curfew to sweep the city against Russian petty thieves”. The civilians were warned “that they will be treated as agents of the Kremlin and risk being ‘liquidated’ if they step outside” during the lockdown, the newspaper said.

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The Wagner Group is said to have been founded in 2014 by Dmitriy Valeryevich Utkin, a Russian veteran who served in both wars in Chechnya. He was a lieutenant colonel and brigade commander of a special forces unit before leaving the army to join Moran Security Group, a company founded by veterans.

The leader of the Wagner Group has a tattoo of the “Nazi SS symbol” on his shoulder and an image of ReichsadlerNazi eagle, tattooed on his chest, Bellingcat journalist Nick Waters wrote on a tweeted Utkin’s photo.

In one tweeted In response, The Telegraph’s US correspondent Josie Ensor added that the mercenary group’s name was a nod to Adolf Hitler’s “favorite composer”, Richard Wagner.

In December 2016, Utkin was photographed with Vladimir Putin at a Kremlin reception honoring holders of military honors. The Russian President’s spokesman later confirmed state ownership Tass news agency that Utkin had received the Order of Courage award, but did not say for what.

Utkin’s team also has close ties to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman dubbed “Putin’s chef,” because the Russian President often uses his catering and restaurant business when greeting him. welcome dignitaries, Related press reported.

Prigozhin was hit by US sanctions after being accused of being involved in an attempt to disrupt the 2016 US election. A joint investigation in 2020 first BellingcatThe Insider and Der Spiegel also found that his activities are “closely integrated with the Russian Defense Ministry and its intelligence branch, the GRU.”

The Wagner group fought alongside pro-Russian separatists in 2014 in the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region, where mercenaries supported forces from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.

The group has also deployed during the Syrian Civil War, on the side of the government of Bashar al-Assad. In 2017, Turkish newspaper Yeni afak reports that as many as 5,000 “wagner-linked legionnaires holding Russian passports” are active in Syria. The mercenaries provided “security” in areas rich in natural gas and oil, “something Russia aspires to possess”, the newspaper said.

The group continues to be active in conflicts around the world. Daily Sabah reported last month that “about 7,000 Wagner mercenaries” were in Libya, where Russia is backing General Khalifa Haftar’s effort to wrest power from the UN-recognized National Treaty Government. The Istanbul-based newspaper said two children were killed after a landmine set by the group exploded near the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Ukraine’s activities

Just before Kyiv’s curfew began, Zelensky warned in a speech to the nation that “Enemy saboteur groups” have invaded the city.

“According to our information, the enemy who hit me was the number one target, my family the number two target,” he said. “They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state.”

A source believed to have “close links” to Wagner Group activities told The Times that “a total of 2,000 to 4,000 mercenaries arrived in Ukraine in January”. Some have been deployed to two separatist-held Donbas regions, according to insiders, while around 400″entry from Belarus” and go to Kyiv.

The mercenaries were told that Putin’s apparent efforts to reach a peaceful solution with Zelenskyy at the Belarus talks would be “smoke and mirror”.

They are “waiting for a signal from the Kremlin” to start a killing spree and have been promised “huge bonuses” and “safe passage out of Ukraine”, according to the newspaper, “in addition to Zelenskyy, their hit list has 23 other characters“.

Along with members of Zelenskyy’s cabinet, the list reportedly includes Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, “both former boxing champions who joined the army fighting against the invaders “.

Putin could also deploy Wagner fighters “for what Russia predicts is the dirty fight that will follow a potential Kremlin victory,” said Putin. The Independentinternational correspondent Borzou Daragahi. The mercenaries could target the remaining “pockets of Ukrainian guerrillas” who could “create obstacles to Moscow’s consolidation of power and the establishment of a puppet regime”.

Ruslan Trad, an expert with Wagner Group, told Daragahi: “Frontline combat missions are very different situations than what Wagner usually does.

“They are very good at stopping all kinds of resistance, but at the expense of torture and human rights abuses. They are very good at counter-attacking.”

This assessment is echoed by Marat Gabidullin, a former member of the group who wrote the memoir, In the same river twiceit was the “first published account of fighting for the secret Russian mercenary outfit”, said Guardians.

Gabidullin, a Russian paratrooper and former bodyguard, told the newspaper last month that the group was used by the Kremlin because it had “special skills that an ordinary army lacks”.

But he added that “I believe a war between Ukraine and Russia would be a complete disaster for Russia. In any case, this is not allowed. Ukraine is our brother”.

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