Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the chief of Russia’s notorious private military company Wagner, has made a bold appearance in a recently surfaced video. The footage, which was published by Wagner-affiliated channels on Telegram, shows Prigozhin holding a rifle against a desert backdrop. However, the authenticity of the video remains unverified as CNBC and NBC News were unable to confirm its time and location.
During the video, Prigozhin claims that Wagner is actively involved in reconnaissance and working towards making Russia greater on every continent, with a particular focus on Africa. He asserts that the group is fighting against major terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other “banditos,” proudly stating that Wagner hires real supermen for their missions.
In a surprising move, the video includes a phone number for those interested in joining Wagner. This has raised concerns about recruitment efforts by the private military company.
The future of the Wagner force has been called into question following a failed coup attempt in Russia. Prigozhin and his fighters reportedly struck a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, allowing them to relocate to Belarus. As a result, some Wagner forces are currently in Belarus training the Belarusian army.
Wagner’s involvement in Africa has been well-documented. The private military company has participated in operations in Mali, the Central African Republic, and Libya. However, the extent of Wagner’s presence and activities in these countries remains largely unknown.
The appearance of Yevgeniy Prigozhin in this video adds another layer of intrigue to the controversial private military company. With its alleged ties to the Russian government and involvement in numerous conflicts, Wagner continues to be a subject of concern for the international community.
As the authenticity of the video remains uncertain, further investigation is required to determine its significance and assess the implications for Wagner’s future operations. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
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