Photo: Ismail Zitouny
Africa command of the US armed forces stated that on the side of the Libyan national army (LNA) field Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot are fighting two thousand fighters of private military companies (PMCs) Wagner. According to The Libya Observer.
“The presence of Russian mercenaries in the region destabilizie Africa,” according to the press service of the command, noting that Libya needs a political resolution, not conflict escalation.
The publication notes that the Russian PMC supported the forces of Haftarot in the fight against the internationally recognized government of national consensus (NTC) during the 14-month-long offensive on Tripoli.
June 9, the Russian foreign Ministry has said it is copied from the database of the Ukrainian website “Peacemaker” lists “fighting” in Libya Russians. Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov noted that information concerning the presence in Libya of the staff of PMCs Wagner and their participation in hostilities on the side of the LNA is built on manipulated data and aimed at discrediting Moscow’s policy in the Libyan context.
PMC Wagner — unofficial armed groups, which is associated with the Petersburg businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. It is believed that his mercenaries provided security in several African countries. According to some reports, they also took part in the fighting in the Donbass, Syria and was heading to Sudan to support President Omar al-Bashir.
In 2011, the Libyan civil war broke out. Was overthrown and killed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country since 1969. Currently in Libya there is a situation of dual power: on the East in the city of Tobruk, seat of the Parliament, headed by field Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot, in the West in Tripoli — the national consensus government.
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