The role of Russian mercenaries in the Central African Republic has once again come under the spotlight as allegations of war crimes emerge in a classified UN report obtained by an American media outlet.
Three prominent advocacy groups from France, Russia and Syria file criminal complaint in Moscow against mercenaries over the 2017 beheading of a man believed to have deserted from the Syrian regime.
The head of Defence of National Values, a Russian organisation that is part of a media group linked to sanctioned business man Yevgeny Prigozhin -- made the announcement on Telegram.
United Arab Emirates has been providing assistance to Russian mercenaries, according to a US Defense Intelligence Agency assessment reported by Foreign Policy magazine. Wagner supports the Haftar militia against the UN-backed government in Libya.
President Alexander Lukashenko warns of Russian attempts to unseat him and sow discord after pushing out most of his political rivals ahead of decisive elections.
New sanctions against individuals and entities related to the Wagner Group, along with forceful statements, signal a new offensive against the private military contractor.
The international community is divided with some supporting the UN-backed government and others backing the warlord Khalifa Haftar.
Washington says it has photographic proof showing that Moscow sent fighter jets to Libya to bolster warlord Haftar's ranks.
US military command for Africa releases pictures of the "fourth generation jet fighters", saying the jets to support Russian Wagner group arrived recently but did not specify when exactly.
Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias have been hit by stinging defeats in the country’s west after the collapse of their siege of Tripoli.
US special envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, said the Libyan conflict could even get more complicated, adding "the Russians are working with Assad to transfer militia fighters, possibly third country, possibly Syrian, to Libya, as well as equipment."
The 57-page report by independent sanctions monitors, submitted to the UN Security Council Libya sanctions committee, said the Russian contractor deployed forces that act as an effective force multiplier for renegade warlord Haftar's militia.
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