Russia and Ukraine: The United States designates the Wagner Group as an “international criminal organization”

  • Bernd Debussmann Jr
  • BBC News – Washington

John Kirby, the national security spokesman in the United States

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The United States has decided to classify the Russian Wagner Group, which is believed to have deployed thousands of mercenaries in Ukraine, as an “international criminal organization”.

The White House said that the decision will lead to the imposition of new sanctions, on the organization and the network that supports it, during the next week.

US national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the organization “is committing atrocities and human rights abuses in Ukraine and elsewhere.”

He added that there are approximately 50,000 mercenaries affiliated with the Wagner Organization currently in Ukraine.

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