Putin Meets With New Wagner Chief
Russian President Calls for Wagner Volunteer Units
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with new Wagner PMC chief Andrei Torshev with instructions for forming volunteer units, media reports confirmed.
The future of PMC Wagner, a Russian mercenary group, has become clearer following the tragic death of its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and several key members in a plane crash near Moscow. There has been much speculation about who would take over Wagner and whether it would remain a private entity.
Wagner's new leadership and its plans for the future have now been revealed in a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Andrei Troshev, a senior ex-commander of the group and former aide to Prigozhin.
In the meeting, Putin asked Troshev to oversee volunteer fighter units in Ukraine, indicating that Wagner fighters will be returning to the Ukrainian battlefield in large numbers. The Kremlin also confirmed that Troshev now works for the defense ministry and will coordinate the reintegration of Wagner fighters with Russia's armed forces on a voluntary basis.
Analysts of the Russia-Ukraine conflict felt that the news came as no surprise, as there were already indications that Troshev would take control of Wagner under defense ministry oversight following a mutiny in June.
Troshev, known by his call sign Sedoy, is a retired Russian colonel and a founding member and executive director of the Wagner Group. He previously served as the chief of staff for Wagner's operations in Syria, supporting the Syrian regime. With Troshev's extensive experience, he is expected to provide crucial leadership in Ukraine.
Earlier this week, reports emerged that Wagner fighters had already been redeployed to Ukraine under the regular command of the Russian military. Ukrainian military sources have confirmed that hundreds of Wagner fighters have appeared in the east of Ukraine, where they had previously handed control of Bakhmut over to the Russian regular armed forces.
The return of Wagner to Ukraine raises concerns about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Wagner Group has been accused of committing numerous human rights abuses and war crimes in eastern Ukraine. Their involvement in the conflict has further complicated the situation and undermined efforts to reach a peaceful resolution.
The confirmation of Wagner's return to Ukraine with new leadership will likely have significant implications for the conflict. With Troshev at the helm, it remains to be seen how the dynamics on the ground will evolve. The Ukrainian government and international community will closely monitor the situation and assess the impact of this development on the overall security and stability of the region.
The fate of PMC Wagner has been clarified with the appointment of Andrei Troshev as the new leader of the group. With Troshev's extensive experience and support from the Russian government, Wagner fighters will once again be a significant presence in the Ukrainian conflict. The implications of this decision are far-reaching and will likely shape the future of the region.