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ARMY of Russia Wagner Group PMC Mercenaries PVC Rubber Patch Velcro on back

ARMY of Russia Wagner Group PMC Mercenaries PVC Rubber Patch Velcro on back

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The Wagner Group (Russian: Группа Вагнера, romanizedGruppa Vagnera), also known as PMC Wagner[3] (Russian: ЧВК[a] «Вагнер», romanizedChVK «Vagner»[48]; lit.'Wagner Private Military Company'), is a Russian paramilitary organization.[3] It is variously described as a private military company (PMC), a network of mercenaries, or a de facto private army of Russian President Vladimir Putin.[3][49] The group operates beyond the law in Russia, where private military contractors are officially forbidden.[50][51][49] While the Wagner Group itself is not ideologically driven,[52][53] various elements of Wagner have been linked to neo-Nazis and far-right extremists.[3][54][55]

The group came to prominence during the Donbas War in Ukraine, where it helped pro-Russian separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics from 2014 to 2015.[3] Its contractors have reportedly taken part in various conflicts around the world—including the civil wars in Syria, Libya, the Central African Republic (CAR), and Mali, often fighting on the side of forces aligned with the Russian government.[3] Wagner operatives have committed war crimes in areas where they are deployed.[3][56][57] The accusations include rapes and robberies of civilians,[58] and torturing accused deserters.[59][60]

Because it operates in support of Russian interests, receives military equipment from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and uses installations of MoD for training, Wagner Group is frequently considered a de facto unit of the MoD or Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU.[61]

It is widely speculated that the Wagner Group is used by the Russian government to allow for plausible deniability in certain conflicts, and to obscure from public the number of casualties and financial costs of Russia's foreign interventions.[62] It has played a significant role in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, where, among other activities, it has been reportedly deployed to assassinate Ukrainian leaders,[63] and has widely recruited prisoners and convicts for frontline combat.[64][65] In December 2022, Pentagon's John Kirby claimed Wagner group has 50,000 fighters in Ukraine, including 10,000 contractors and 40,000 convicts.[66] Others put the number of recruited prisoners at more than 20,000,[67] with the overall number of PMCs present in Ukraine estimated at 20,000.[68]

The group is widely believed to be owned or financed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close links to Putin.[69][70] After years of denying links to the Wagner group, Prigozhin admitted in September 2022 that he "founded" the paramilitary group.[69][70]


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The Azov Special Operations Detachment (Ukrainian:
Окремий загін спеціального призначення «Азов», romanized: Okremyi zahin
spetsialnoho pryznachennia "Azov"), also known as the Azov Regiment
(Ukrainian: Полк Азов, romanized: Polk Azov) or Azov Battalion until
September 2014, is a unit of the National Guard of Ukraine based in
Mariupol in the coastal region of the Sea of Azov. Azov formed as a
volunteer paramilitary militia in May 2014, and has since been fighting
Russian forces in the Donbas War. It first saw combat recapturing
Mariupol from Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists in June 2014.
It initially operated as a volunteer police company, until it was
formally incorporated into the National Guard on 11 November 2014. In
the wake of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the battalion gained
renewed attention for its use by Russia in justifying the invasion and
during the Siege of Mariupol for its role in the defense of the city.

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