Ukraine claims it has struck base utilized by Wagner Group paramilitaries


Ukraine says it has struck a base utilized by the shadowy Wagner Russian paramilitary group in addition to a bridge close to the occupied metropolis of Melitopol.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk area in jap Ukraine, mentioned the bottom was “destroyed by a precision strike” after its whereabouts had been established “due to a Russian journalist”.

The Ukrainian information web site Ukrainska Pravda reported {that a} Kremlin army correspondent had visited the mercenary headquarters on 8 August and posted {a photograph} on Telegram displaying a close-by handle.

The paramilitary group has been linked by western intelligence companies to the Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who’s an in depth affiliate of Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin was reported to have been on the base days earlier than the Ukrainian strike.

The presence of Wagner paramilitaries has been documented in Libya, Mali and Syria, amongst many different nations – significantly in Africa.

Ukrainian authorities mentioned saboteurs had blown up a railway bridge south-west of the town of Melitopol, which is held by Russian troops. Melitopol’s mayor, Ivan Fyodorov mentioned on Telegram the strike meant there can be “an entire absence of army trains from Crimea”.

The Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, is an important base for supplying Russian troops deployed in southern Ukraine. Ukraine has mentioned it’s waging a counteroffensive within the south of the nation, recapturing dozens of villages and threatening to push Russian troops to the opposite financial institution of the Dnieper River.

In the meantime in Odesa on the Black Sea, three folks had been killed whereas swimming as a result of detonation of “an unidentified explosive system”, mentioned Sergiy Brachuk, a spokesperson for the native authorities.

Officers have warned beachgoers to not enter the ocean due to the presence of unexploded mines.

Earlier on Monday, Russian shelling of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-biggest metropolis, killed not less than one particular person and injured six extra, a senior police official, Sergiy Bolvinov, mentioned on Fb.

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