A group of Wagner participated in the conflict in the Donbas and is the largest of the private military companies in Russia, declare in SBU.
The security service of Ukraine established the involvement in the conflict in the Donbass, and also in Syria, the Russian private company “PMC Wagner” (“Private military company Wagner”), the Chairman of SBU Vasiliy Gritsak.
“SBU has amassed a large evidence base of activities of the Russian military in the Donbass, and also in Syria… we are Talking about private military company Wagner,” Hrytsak said at a briefing on Saturday.
According to him, this group is the largest of the private military companies that “by order of the Kremlin” was involved in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
Moscow has repeatedly denied direct involvement in the conflict in the Donbass, as well as involvement in combat operations personnel of the Russian military.
The head of the company Mr. Hrytsak called Dmitry Utkin, a Russian citizen, known by the nickname “Wagner” and called the number of his military ID – М0209.
“SBU first saw the work of Wagner on the Ukrainian territory as of 29 may 2014,” he said.
Ukrainian intelligence agencies have established 1587 people, members of the “PMC Wagner”, in General to this company is involved about 5 thousand people, said Mr. Hrytsak.
“Geography of application – Donbass and Syria. Training base – the village Mulino Krasnodar region of the Russian Federation”, – he said.
Among the members of this group – including two Russians, about the death which is in Syria, recently reported to the Russian authorities.
“I want to note that the project of the Russian special services allow Russian politicians to speak confidently in public with the phrase: “They are not there” and “We did not send them there”, – said the Chairman of the SBU.
In the crash of Il-76 in Lugansk killed 49 people
Among the main tasks that “PMC Wagner” performed on the territory of Ukraine, Mr. Hrytsak called the Downing of Il-76 with the Ukrainian paratroopers on Board, the assault Lugansk airport, participation in the assault on debaltseve and “elimination of opposition leaders” so-called “LNB” and “DND”.
“In the storming of Luhansk airport and sbit Il-76 was attended by 42 militants were killed 15 people. Know everyone,” said Mr. Hrytsak.
Military transport aircraft IL-76 flew from the Dnieper June 14, 2014 while landing at the Luhansk airport it was fired from MANPADS and machine guns. On Board the plane were 9 crew members and 40 soldiers – they all died.
The then head of the self-proclaimed “LNB” Valery Bolotov said that the plane was shot down by members of his organization.
The head of the SBU added that the 205 militants from the group Wagner took part in the assault on debaltseve in 2015. “The loss of 51 people, know everyone,” he added.
SBU has prepared a report about the suspicion to the head of Wagner Dmitry Utkin and Monday, October 9, will give the Prosecutor General the message on suspicion, said the head of the SBU.
He also announced that on October 19 in Brussels will hold a media briefing dedicated to the group of Wagner.
The Ukrainian period of his life
As reported by Vasily Gritsak, Dmitri Utkin was born in 1970 in the town of Asbest in Sverdlovsk region of the Russian Federation. Then went to Kirovograd with the family when I was a small child, and then left Ukraine in 1987, ” said Hrytsak.
However, SBU was unable to confirm the information that Utkin in Ukraine in 2016.
“We have data about his last visit in 2013. His mother with his daughter, who is not born married departed in 2016 in Russia. Is an established fact”, – said Hrytsak.
In 2016, press center of the ATO reported that in the unrecognized “DND” and “LNB” appeared “unknown gangs” under the leadership of the militant with the call sign “Wagner”, which aim to carry out “cleansing” among the commanders of groups that do not coordinate their actions with the “MGB” of the unrecognized republics.