The head of Putin's mercenaries announced that he will form militias on the border with Ukraine and further strained his relationship with the Russian army

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, of the Wagner Group, wants to build schools to arm and train civilians: “If you want peace, prepare for war”, he warned< /h2>

The head of Putin's mercenaries announced that he will form militias on the border with Ukraine and further strained his relationship with Ukraine. n with the Russian army

Yevgeny Prigozhin is an oligarch and close associate of Vladimir Putin, better known as “Putin's chef”, due to his strong involvement in the gastronomic industry, particularly with the concession of the Kremlin restaurants. (DEF/Archive)

The head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin said this Friday that his organization had begun to train civilians in the Russian regions bordering Ukraine to form a militia and build fortifications.

“Wagner is helping and will continue to help the population of the border areas to learn to build engineering structures, train and organize a militia”, Prigozhin said according to the press service of his company Concord.

He stated that “a large number of people are already ready to defend their land.”

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Prigozhin indicated that Wagner's main objective was to start building fortifications and training schools in the regions from Belgorod and Kursk, which have come under fire regularly in recent months in attacks attributed by Moscow to the Ukrainian military.

The head of Putin's mercenaries announced that he will form militias on the border with Ukraine and further strained his relationship with the Russian army

Members of the Wagner Group

“If you want peace, prepare for war,” he said, insisting that every Russian has the right to defend his homeland as he sees fit.< /p>

Prigozhin first revealed in September that he founded the Wagner group in 2014 to fight in Ukraine and acknowledged its presence in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.< /p>

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This came after he and the Kremlin denied for the existence of the group for a long time. Serving as a mercenary is still illegal for the Russians.

Wagner's fighters have been at the forefront of Moscow's offensive in the Ukraine, and a video surfaced in September that appeared to show Prigozhin visiting a prison and offering prisoners contracts to fight in exchange for their release.

The head of Putin's mercenaries announced that he will form militias on the border with Ukraine and further strained his relationship with Ukraine. n with the Russian army

Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, outside his factory that produces school supplies, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ukrainian officials say Prigozhin has been sending thousands of soldiers recruited from Russian jails to the front lines.

Prigozhin, who has also long been accused of running a “troll factory”to influence voting in Western countries, admitted on Monday to having interfered in the US election.

This 61-year-old man who won the Nicknamed Putin's “chef” and once a shadowy figure, he is becoming an increasingly public figure and analysts say he may be considering a political role.

The head of Putin's mercenaries announced that he will form militias on the border with Ukraine and further strained his relationship with Ukraine. n with the Russian Army

Visitors gather outside the PMC Wagner Center, a project implemented by businessman and founder of the Wagner private military group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, during the official opening of the office block in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Igor Russak/File

This month, Wagner opened a branch in Saint Petersburg, Russia's second largest city.

Prigozhin complained Thursday that the city's governor, Yevgeny Beglov, has refused to let the center function, accusing it of promoting the interests It belongs to the “Ukrainian nationalists”.

(With information from AFP)

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