KIEV.– Ukrainian artillery may have committed a crime Attack on the headquarters of the Russian mercenary group Wagner Battalion In Popasna, in the self-proclaimed republic of Lugansk in the Donbass, an eastern region controlled by Russian forces.
It was cited by local official sources and pro-Russian sources. BBCbut for now They do not comment on the victims of the attack or provide further details.
paramilitary group It was deployed to Crimea and Ukraine’s Donbass region in 2014, after Kremlin-backed forces expelled Ukrainian troops from areas they later declared part of Russia. today also Works in Syria, Libya, Central African Republic and now Mali.
The Kremlin does not acknowledge the existence of the infamous Wagner group, but Western intelligence links it to Yevgeny Prigozhinsurname “Putin’s King” Because his catering business has long helped the Russian President and his armed forces.
Prigozhin, like many other Russian officials, is subject to Western sanctions.
Wagner a. is referred to as Private Military Company (PMC), but it’s about state sponsored mercenaries Acting in the interest of the Kremlin, say Western experts. Stayed Repeatedly accused of war crimes and human rights abuses.
On Telegram, Governor Heyde wrote that the Ukrainian military “They hit an enemy headquarters whose whereabouts were established thanks to a Russian journalist.”
“This time the successful attack destroyed Wagner’s PMC headquarters in Popasna yesterday,” he said. He added that “the death toll is being clarified.”
Ukrainian newspaper ukrainska pravda reported that the pro-Kremlin Russian journalist, Sergei SeredaWagner’s headquarters revealed in a Telegram post on August 8. He posted photos of his visit to the headquarters and a sign on one of them identified his address as Mironovskaya 12, Popesna.
The message was later deleted, but copies are circulating on the social network.
Popsna lies south of Severodnetsk in the Lugansk region, which Russian forces now fully control after months of bitter fighting and mass destruction.
Another pro-Kremlin war reporter named Kotenok wrote on Telegram: “One of Wagner’s PMC placements in Popasna has been attacked. Sources in the Donbass confirm this. Perhaps Hymer. Ukrainian sources reported the death of Prigozhin, we do not confirm it”,
Ukrainian forces now have several US HIMR (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) rockets capable of hitting Russian targets behind the front lines.
Ukraine MP Oleksiy Honcharenko wrote on Facebook: “There is no longer Wagner headquarters in Popasna. Thanks to Himer and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
Some Ukrainian reports implicated Wagner in the July 29 Olenivka prison fire, which killed dozens of Ukrainian POWs. Russia has accused the Ukrainian military of bombing the prison about 20 kilometers from Donetsk. The circumstances of the fire are unclear.