The Wagner Group: UK Brands Russian Mercenaries as "Terrorists"

In a recent and resolute move, the UK government has taken the firm stance of designating the Russian mercenary outfit, the Wagner Group, as a terrorist organization

by Faruk Imamovic
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The Wagner Group: UK Brands Russian Mercenaries as "Terrorists"
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In a recent and resolute move, the UK government has taken the firm stance of designating the Russian mercenary outfit, the Wagner Group, as a terrorist organization. This move means that any form of assistance to this group will now be deemed illegal under UK law.

The inclusion of Wagner on this list places them alongside other notorious organizations such as Hamas and Boko Haram.

A "Tool of Putin’s Russia"

The UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, minced no words when referring to the Wagner Group as "violent and destructive", viewing them as a direct extension of Vladimir Putin's ambitions.

The group's interventions, notably in Ukraine and parts of Africa, are perceived as a significant "threat to global security." "They are terrorists, plain and simple - and this proscription order makes that clear in UK law," Braverman declared.

Furthermore, their active role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine has cast a dark shadow on the outfit. Their footprint is not just limited to Eastern Europe. The Wagner Group has left a trail of violence and chaos in Syria and African nations, such as Libya and Mali.

Accusations against them range from indiscriminate bombings to heinous acts of torture against the Ukrainian civilian population.

International Outcry and Calls for Action

The international community has not remained silent about the Wagner Group's nefarious activities.

As early as 2020, the US pointed fingers at Wagner mercenaries for launching bombings in Tripoli, Libya. The UK, in a separate statement this past July, charged the group with carrying out "torture and executions in Mali and the Central African Republic." Mr.

Lammy, reacting to the recent proscription, noted on social media that such action by the UK government was "long overdue." He further urged the government to rally for a Special Tribunal that would seek to prosecute Putin for his alleged "crime of aggression." As for the founder of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, his mysterious death in a plane crash on August 23 and subsequent burial in St. Petersburg only adds another layer of intrigue to the ongoing saga surrounding the organization.

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