The Wagner Group, a private militia run by one of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, flew under mercenaries from Africa five weeks ago, it has been reported.
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About 400 mercenaries are operating in Kyiv on orders from the Kremlin to assassinate Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, it has been reported.
Armed militias from the Wagner Group were flown to the capital from Africa five weeks ago, it claimed.
The militia was ordered to behead Zelensky’s government in exchange for a generous financial reward.
The plan is part of Vladimir Putin’s plan to take Kiev, dislodge the government and conquer Ukraine within 48 hours – a plan that has so far failed.
The Ukrainian government received notice of the mission on Saturday morning, Report The Timesand just hours later, Kyiv announced a 36-hour ‘hard’ curfew to wipe out the city of petty thieves.
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Civilians were warned that they risked being ‘liquidated’ if they stepped outside.
The Times reported that a source close to The Wagner Group, run by one of Putin’s closest friends, said there are between 2,000 and 4,000 mercenaries operating across Ukraine with 400 in the capital. The capital spilled over to Kyiv via Belarus.
It is hoped that the peace talks, underway today, may begin to de-escalate the war, although there are also concerns Belarus may soon send troops into Ukraine, backing its longtime ally. Their year is Russia.
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But it is not known how serious Russia is about the negotiations or what its demands will be five days after invading Ukraine after weeks of troops amassing along the border.
Mercenaries from the Wagner Corporation with links to the Kremlin are waiting for a signal before bloodshed in the streets, The Times said, with a hit list featuring Zelensky and 23 other figures including the prime minister, cabinet the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, both famous former boxing champions.
After Moscow’s invasion last week, Zelensky addressed the nation, declaring that Russian special forces were in the capital looking for him as “the number one target”.
However, when given a chance to flee by the US, he said: “I need ammunition, not a ride.”
Boris Johnson says Britain will do all it can to get more weapons for besieged Ukrainian troops as Russian forces continue to threaten Kyiv.
The Prime Minister spoke again on Sunday evening with President Zelensky, who told him the next 24 hours would be a “critical period” for his country.
Russian and Ukrainian forces were once again engaged in heavy fighting ahead of the much-anticipated assault on the capital.
Earlier, Mr Johnson dismissed Vladimir Putin’s dramatic claim that he was putting Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert as a “distraction” from his military’s inability to break into Ukraine.
President Putin sent a shockwave through Western capitals with his directive on Sunday to his top military leaders to bring the strategic nuclear deterrent into a “regime”. special combat mission level”.
The US said this was “completely unacceptable” while a senior US defense official was quoted as warning that the Russian leader had made any “miscalculation … dangerous … much more dangerous.”
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