Wagner troops continue their move into Belarus after their short-lived mutiny last month.
According to a Belarusian activist group monitoring troop movements, over 100 vehicles displaying Russian flags and Wagner insignia entered Belarus on Monday, heading towards a field camp provided by Belarusian authorities.
Column of vehicles bearing Wagner flags moving through Belarus towards Asipovochiy, site of “Wagner camp”, according to Belarusian telegram channels. This is the third convoy noted by Belarusian media since July 11th. https://t.co/8zSeqXJ1ZJ pic.twitter.com/67LxL6dG1H
— Jack Margolin (@Jack_Mrgln) July 17, 2023
The convoy, made up of heavy trucks, trailers loaded with construction equipment, and other vehicles, marks the third major movement of Wagner forces into the country.
To show off Wagner’s presence, Belarusian state TV aired footage on Friday showing Wagner instructors conducting training sessions with Belarusian forces.
Wagner fighters arrived in Belarus from Russia, Ukrainian and Polish officials said, following a video released by Minsk showing them training Belarusian soldiers https://t.co/AY8gSEUdw7 pic.twitter.com/1TvnpN8eIx
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 16, 2023
Adding to the evidence of Wagner’s presence in Belarus, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader Wagner, reportedly spent a night at a camp near Tsel, located approximately 90 kilometers southeast of the capital city, Minsk.
This pretty amusing photograph purportedly shows Prigozhin inside a tent at the new camp.
Although Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, maintains that his country’s military could benefit from the mercenaries’ combat experience, he adamantly denies any threat to Belarusian stability. Nevertheless, Belarusian security agencies will likely monitor the activities of the Wagner group.