(Reuters) -Opponents from the Wagner crew have arrived in Belarus from Russia, Ukrainian and Polish officers acknowledged on Saturday, a day after Minsk acknowledged the mercenaries had been practicing the country’s soldiers southeast of the capital.
“Wagner is in Belarus,” Andriy Demchenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian border agency, acknowledged in a press initiate on the Telegram messaging app. He acknowledged the wander of “separate groups” from Russia had been noticed in Belarus.
Some Wagner warring parties were in Belarus since at the very least Tuesday, two sources discontinuance to the warring parties suggested Reuters.
The Belarusian defence ministry launched a video on Friday, showing what it acknowledged had been Wagner warring parties instructing Belarusian soldiers at a defense power differ discontinuance to town of Osipovichi.
Wagner’s scurry to Belarus turned into once fragment of a deal that ended the crew’s mutiny attempt in June – after they took maintain watch over of a Russian defense power headquarters, marched on Moscow and threatened to tip Russia into civil battle – President Vladimir Putin acknowledged.
Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has no longer been considered in public since he left the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don late on June 24.
Poland’s deputy minister coordinator of particular services and products, Stanislaw Zaryn, acknowledged Warsaw also has confirmation of Wagner warring parties’ presence in Belarus.
“There would possibly maybe additionally very neatly be a lot of hundred of them for the time being,” Zaryn acknowledged on Twitter.
Poland acknowledged this month it turned into once bolstering its border with Belarus to take care of any doable threats.
While no longer sending his like troops to Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko allowed Moscow to employ Belarusian territory to initiate its paunchy-scale invasion on Ukraine in February 2022 and has since let his country be ragged as a corrupt for Russian nuclear weapons.
The Belarusian Hajun project, which displays defense power process within the country and which is viewed as an extremist formation by Belarusian authorities, acknowledged a huge column of at the very least 60 vehicles entered Belarus overnight Friday from Russia.
It acknowledged the vehicles, collectively with trucks, pickups, trucks and buses, had licence plates of the self-styled Donetsk and Luhansk folks’s republics in what is internationally recognised as eastern Ukraine. In a scurry broadly condemned as unlawful, Moscow moved final year to annex the republics, which were Russian proxies since 2014.
Hajun acknowledged it regarded that a Wagner column turned into once headed to Tsel in central Belarus, where foreign newshounds had been final week proven a camp with plenty of of empty tents.
Video shared by Russian battle correspondent Alexander Kotz on Saturday night looked as if it would point out a convoy of trucks and defense power vehicles on a highway in southern Russia, a few of which were flying the Wagner flag.
Reuters would possibly maybe additionally no longer independently test the Belarusian Hajun record. There turned into once no immediate comment from Russia or Belarus on the reviews.