Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with former Wagner commander Andrei Troshev, signaling the Kremlin’s attempt to gain control over the infamous mercenary group. This move comes after a failed mutiny by its former leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
During the meeting, Putin discussed the use of “volunteer units” in the ongoing Ukraine war. Troshev, who now works for the defense ministry, was appointed to oversee what remains of Wagner, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The fate of Wagner has been uncertain since the death of Prigozhin. In an effort to maintain control over the group, Putin ordered the fighters to sign an oath of allegiance. It is unclear whether they will comply.
According to British military intelligence, Wagner fighters are likely to redeploy to Ukraine. This raises concerns of further destabilization in the region, as the group has been linked to various conflicts across the globe.
Troshev’s involvement in Wagner comes as no surprise, given his decorated veteran status and experience as a former commander in Russia’s wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya. In 2016, he was awarded Russia’s highest medal, the Hero of Russia, for his actions in Syria.
The meeting between Putin and Troshev sheds light on the Kremlin’s intentions to maintain control over Wagner. With Troshev and Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov overseeing the group, it is clear that Putin wants to ensure its loyalty and protect Russia’s interests abroad.
As the situation develops, the international community will closely monitor the actions of Wagner and its new leadership. With the group’s history of involvement in conflicts and its potential redeployment to Ukraine, the region could face further tensions and uncertainty. Stay tuned for more updates on this evolving story.
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