PMC “Wagner” fought not only in Syria but also in the Donbass

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After a lull in Syria, there was another aggravation – a new impetus in the history of the conflict caused by the events that occurred on 7 February. Under attack of the forces of the anti-Assad Coalition, and in particular artillery and the US air force near the village of Hsmm along with supporters of the Syrian President got Russian mercenaries and the infamous “private military company Wagner.” The media reported the death of at least 200 Russians (according to some estimates – from 215 to 644 people).

The incident even said the Minister of defense, four-star General James “Mad dog” Mattis at the official briefing at the Pentagon. According to him, the Russians prior to the attack stated that their forces in the district no.

What is PMC “Wagner”

We are talking about the largest Russian private military formation, which was headed by the Colonel of the Pskov brigade of special troops GRU of the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation Dmitry Utkin, aka “Wagner”.

Russian site “Fontanka”, wrote that the citizen of the Russian Federation Utkin was born in 1970.

“After retirement he worked in the Moran Security Group, a private company specializing in the protection of the marine vessels in areas endangered by pirates. When the managers of the MSG in 2013 organized a “Slavic corps” and sent him to Syria to defend Bashar al-Assad, participated in this expedition. 2014 – the commander of their own division, which at his call has received the code name PMC “Wagner”, – reported on its website.

Iconic photograph of the reception in the Kremlin, where Utkin (far right) captured in the company of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

In early October of 2017, the head of the SBU Vasyl Hrytsak has published a selection of facts about the unit. The PMC members took an active part in the Crimean events, as well as in military operations on Donbass on the party of the so-called “DNR” and “LNR”. For the first time, according to the SBU, its activities on the territory of Ukraine was recorded from 29 may 2014.

SBU was able to establish 1587 persons who are members of the PMC “Wagner”, but the total number of mercenaries in the formation of the order of 5,000 people. Also the SBU has evidence that the group has about 40 Ukrainians.

The geography of the use of these military – Ukraine, Syria. In Ukraine they were recorded, in particular, in June 2014 in Lugansk, in February 2015 in debaltseve. According to Gritsak, Russian mercenaries shot down the plane IL-76 with the Ukrainian paratroopers on Board, killing 49 soldiers, stormed the airport of Luhansk, participated in the assault on debaltseve and other settlements.

In 2015 2017года their activities were seen in Syria (HOMS, Latakia, Aleppo, etc.). Training base of these formations is located in Krasnodar Krai of the Russian Federation – the same place where the 10th brigade of special purpose GRU General staff of the Russian Federation.

“I want to note that this project allows Russian security services of Kremlin policy, to speak confidently in response to the international community the phrase – “they are not there,” said Hrytsak.

The network, meanwhile, there are new assessment of what happened in Syria. Well-known Russian aviation expert Vadim Lukashevich wrote that the defeat PMC “Wagner” showed the advantage of the American armed forces and “dispelled the propaganda husk of the Russian Federation in recent years”.

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