The Wagner Group has reportedly given the Russian army thousands of tons of weapons, ammunition, and military hardware, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
This is the newest indication that Moscow is still trying to reduce the influence of the mercenaries after their dramatic and brief mutiny last month.
The ministry made a film that it said showed personnel assessing a few of the 2,750 tons of munitions and more than 2,000 pieces of equipment.
According to the ministry, the haul comprised tanks, Pantsir and other missile systems, as well as some 20,000 small guns.
The Wagner Group employed the weaponry shown in the video, but The Washington Post was unable to independently verify this.
However, the assertion implies that Wagner is carrying out his part of the deal to put a stop to the uprising that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Wagner chief Yevgeniy Prigozhin made.
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Wagner’s stockpiles were turned over in exchange for Prigozhin’s abandonment of his March for Justice in Moscow and safe transit to exile in Belarus under the terms of the agreement negotiated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a Putin ally.
Anti-aircraft weaponry was observed being carried by Wagner soldiers during the uprising. Six Russian helicopters and a transport plane were shot down by the mercenaries, who fought alongside the Russian army in Ukraine.
According to the plan, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are finishing up the acceptance of weapons and military hardware from units of the Wagner Group, according to a statement from the Defense Ministry. Numerous pieces of the transferred equipment have never been utilized in combat.
The assertion on the unutilized equipment seemed to be an effort to disprove Prigozhin’s complaints that the ministry had denied Wagner’s soldiers ammunition during their offensives in eastern Ukraine.
Alexander Sladkov, a Russian combat correspondent, posed the question on Telegram, “What are the words of Yevgeniy Prigozhin worth saying that they did not give ammunition?”
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