Peter Ilicifolia: Vladimir Trefilov / RIA Novosti
Rumors that in Libya there are Russian mercenaries, based on false information. With such a rebuttal was made by the Director of the Department of international organizations Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Pyotr Ilyichev, reports RIA Novosti.
“People, supposedly fighting in Libya, actually never left our country. The so-called “wounded” quite healthy. It’s all available in the public space and again check”, — he stressed. Ilichev said that the lists of “mercenaries” copied from the Ukrainian database “Peacemaker”, which also indicates their unreliability.
17 June, the African 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.
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, a government of national consensus.
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