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Russian military officers train the mercenaries of Wagner PVC, says SSU

The Security Service of Ukraine established the identities of twenty-six Russian officers who since 2014 have been “seconded” to the Wagner PVC as combat training instructors, said SBU Chairman Vasyl Hrytsak at the briefing.

SSU documented that Russian officers trained the “Putin’s private army” in tactical, firearm, engineering and artillery matters, educating crews of tanks, Armored Personnel Carriers, Infantry Vehicles and Air Defense Units. “We have identified Oleg Demyanenko, the Lieutenant-Colonel of the Russian Armed Forces, who is directly responsible for training of the “Karpaty” tactical company staffed mainly by the citizens of Ukraine, members of Donbas-based criminal groups,” said the SSU Head. According to him, this group was formed to conduct reconnaissance and terrorist activities on the territory of Ukraine. SSU has identified all 56 members of the "Karpaty" reconnaissance and terrorist group and will publish it in the near future.

The Security Service of Ukraine has operational information that the leadership of the Wagner PMC, a special-purpose unit of the Russian secret services and the said combat instructors have been invited to the parade in Moscow on May 9. “I am convinced that this is done in order to raise the morale of mercenaries after the numerous losses they’ve suffered in Syria at the beginning of this year,” said Vasyl Hrytsak.

In conclusion of the briefing, the SSU Head thanked the volunteers from Informnapalm, Information Resistance and “IKTAMNET m-0209” groups for helping the SBU in “shedding light on the Russia’s ‘ikhtamnet’ (‘those absent’) demons" and documenting their criminal activity on the territory of Ukraine.

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