Russian mercenaries active in Libya – UN
Publish date: 18 May 2020
Issue Number: 873
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Mercenaries from a Russian paramilitary group are fighting in Libya, UN diplomats have warned. It was the first time the UN has confirmed claims first made in US media that the group is supporting military strongman Khalifa Haftar. CapitalFM reports that Moscow has denied being responsible for deploying the group. The Wagner Group is a shadowy private security firm and thousands of its contractors are believed to be engaged in foreign conflicts in hot spots like the CAR, Syria and the Ukraine. ‘Wagner has been providing technical support for the repair of military vehicles, participating in combat operations and engaging in influence operations,’ the UN report says. A US State Department official told AFP that the group was ‘an instrument of the Kremlin’s policy’ in Libya.