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Wagner Group: next mission will be to “defend Russian territory”

The head of Wagner’s private military company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, suggested that his fighters’ next role might be to defend Russian territory.

First, the Wagner Group wants “at least a month of recovery” after fighting for months in the eastern city of Bakhmut, Prigozhin told Russian military reporters, adding that then there will be “next fights, I think, probably this time on Russian territory. ”

His comments come amid attacks on the Russian border region of Belgorod, where groups of Russian volunteers opposing the current Kremlin leadership have again claimed to have entered Russian territory. The Kremlin said they were repelled and did not violate the state border.

Wagner’s fighters are expected to leave the Bakhmut area by June 5, to be replaced by regular Russian forces. Prigozhin said Wagner’s units would be redeployed to rear camps in Donetsk and Luhansk regions for the time being, away from the line of contact.

Source: CNN Brasil

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