07/08/2020 – Mercenaries of the Russian Wagner Group are en route to much-contested Sirte after leaving Jufra, the Libyan Army said in a statement Thursday.
The Wagner mercenaries, which are fighting on behalf of putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar, are moving in a 21-vehicle convoy including four trucks and two ammunition carriers, the army of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a Facebook post. Continuer à lire … « Russian Wagner mercenaries moving from Jufra to Sirte: Libyan Army »
15/07/2020 – Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June.
Africa Command (AFRICOM) has clear evidence that Russian employed, state-sponsored Wagner Group laid landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in and around Tripoli, further violating the United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans. Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June. These weapons are assessed to have been introduced into Libya by the Wagner Group. Continuer à lire … « Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts (AFRICOM) »
24/08/2019 – The French government has been taking a balanced and often supportive diplomatic and economic approach to Russia in recent years, so Moscow should logically be trying to cement good relations with Paris amidst current tensions with the West. Yet since 2017, in the Central African Republic (CAR)—a poverty-stricken, violence-ridden country with enduring ties to France where neither the USSR nor Russia ever played much of a role—Russia has targeted France in what Moscow portrays as a geopolitical competition. This memo describes the situation and explores the variety of motives that Moscow might have for challenging France in CAR, even though no definitive explanation is possible with the currently available evidence. Continuer à lire … « Russ-Afrique? Russia, France, and the Central African Republic »
2018/08/29 – On 27 July 2018, three Russian journalists – Orkhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko – arrived in the Central African Republic. They were in country to film a documentary about the shadowy Russian private military firm the Wagner Group for the Information Control Center, an initiative bankrolled by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovskiy. Continuer à lire … « Wagner in the C.A.R: who blesses the Russian mercenaries in Africa? »