“Wagner Group: Russia plans direct takeover amid Ukrainian conflict”
Wagner Group: Russia plans direct takeover in full Ukrainian conflict
The Wagner Group, a powerful private military consortium, finds itself today at the heart of a major struggle for influence in Russia. Indeed, Moscow seems to want to take direct control of this entity which played a crucial role in the Ukrainian conflict.
Part 1: Internal tensions within the Wagner Group
Part 2: The role of the Wagner group in the Ukrainian conflict
Part 3: The future of the Wagner Group under direct Russian control
The future of the Wagner Group remains uncertain, and its implications for the Ukrainian conflict are complex. However, it is clear that this struggle for control may have significant consequences for the course of history in this troubled region.
Russia appears poised to take direct control of the private Wagner military group, an entity that has played a key role in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov announced that “volunteer formations” would be invited to sign contracts directly with the Defense Ministry.
However, this proposal was rejected by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of Wagner, who declared that his forces would refuse to sign these contracts. Prigozhin has been in conflict with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and military chief Valery Gerasimov for several months, regularly accusing them of incompetence and a deliberate lack of support for Wagner's units in Ukraine.
Despite these internal conflicts, the Russian Defense Ministry says the new measure aims to improve the effectiveness of units fighting in Ukraine, providing legal status to "voluntary formations" and establishing common approaches for their organizational support.
Importantly, tensions between the Wagner Group and the Russian military have escalated in recent weeks. Indeed, the Wagner group recently abducted a senior army commander, Lt. Col. Roman Venevitin, after accusing him of opening fire on one of their vehicles. Venevitin, when released, accused Wagner of causing anarchy on the Russian front.
US estimates last December put Wagner at around 50 troops fighting in Ukraine. The group is increasingly seen as a tool of Russian state power globally, with troops deployed not only in Ukraine, but also in areas such as Mali, Central African Republic, Sudan and Libya.