‘W’ mercenaries transfer weapons from North Korea to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The White House said Russian mercenaries from the so-called “Wagner group” were buying weapons from Pyongyang. This was said by the coordinator of the National Security Council at the White House, John Kirby.

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John Kirby stated that North Korean deliveries began in November but did not affect the course of the war. According to the US, the “Wagner group” is looking for arms suppliers around the world to support its military operations in Ukraine.

“We can confirm that North Korea has completed the initial delivery of weapons to the Wagner Group, which paid for the equipment,” John Kirby said. Kirby said the US would introduce additional sanctions against Russian mercenaries in the coming weeks.

While the US does not believe these supplies will change the dynamics of hostilities in Ukraine, it is “concerned that North Korea plans to provide more military aid.”

Yevgeny Prigozhin reportedly spends $100 million a month on mercenaries and is having trouble finding recruits. Kirby added that representatives of Wagner, including Prigogine, went to prisons and recruited prisoners, even those with serious illnesses. According to US estimates, about 50,000 “Wagnerians” [W] were transferred to Ukraine – 10,000 military personnel and 40,000 prisoners.

At the same time, mercenaries play an important role in Bakhmut, where some of the fiercest battles have been fought recently. According to Kirby, the group has fought in other parts of Donbas, and the Russian military has in some cases been under the command of Wagner.

In recent weeks, around 1,000 Wagner fighters have been killed in the fighting, 90% of whom were convicted. “He’s literally throwing bodies into the meat grinder over there in Bachmouth,” Kirby noted.

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