MIP and SSU Make Public New Evidence of PMC Wagner's Involvement in Military Operation in Donbas
On November 2, the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine held a joint press briefing at the Ukrinform news agency to present new evidence of the involvement of the private military company Wagner in the military operation in Eastern Ukraine.
Ihor Huskov, Chair of the Office of the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, spoke about the composition of the Russian private military company.
“Among places where mercenaries for Wagner are recruited are colonies. They select people who have military training, criminal record and serve their sentences for capital offences.”
In total, Huskov made public 150 names of individuals who are, according to the SSU, members of the PMC Wagner and provided a list of 14 mercenaries who died in Donetsk Oblast on 28 January 2015 during fights for Debaltseve.
Deputy Minister for Information Policy of Ukraine Dmytro Zolotukhin expressed his concern over Russian government’s pressure on journalists covering activity of PMCs.
“I call on international governmental and non-governmental organizations and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media to pay attention to flagrant human rights violations in the Russian Federation and to take all possible steps to protect journalists against persecutions for publishing the truth, inspired by the Russian authorities,” Zolotukhin stressed.
The event was attended by: Ihor Huskov, Chair of the Office of the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine; Dmytro Zolotukhin, Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine.
Please be reminded that on 16 October 2017, Deputy Minister Dmytro Zolotukhin made a speech on crimes of Russian private military companies in Syria and Donbas at the European Parliament.
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