the private paramilitary group Wagner stationed in the eastern part of the country, according to London

The mercenaries of the Wagner group, who have close – but unofficial – relations with the Russian authorities, become involved in the conflict in Ukraine. The British Ministry of Defense announced on Monday evening, March 28, in a point about the situation posted on his Twitter accountthat more than 1,000 fighters from the sulfur community could be called up in the eastern part of the country, “including the organization’s officials to carry out combat operations”added.

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“Due to heavy losses and an invasion [en Ukraine] “largely stalled, Russia was most likely forced to relocate its Wagner personnel to Ukraine at the expense of operations in Africa and Syria.”says London.

The Wagner group and its paramilitaries, known for being close to Vladimir Putin, are suspected of assassinations in Mali, Libya and even Syria. He is one of fifty-nine Russian companies and personalities who on Thursday were hit by a new series of sanctions decided by London in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Irpin “liberated” from Russian forces

On the ground, Ukraine announced Monday night that Irpin, the scene of heavy fighting on the outskirts of Kiev, had been “liberated” Russian forces. “The occupiers have been pushed back from Irpin, pushed back from Kiev. However, it is too early to talk about security in this part of our region.”said Volodymyr Zelensky in a video. “The fighting continues. Russian troops control the northern Kyiv region, have the resources and manpower”, added the Ukrainian president. In the regions of Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Donbass and in southern Ukraine, “The situation remains tense everywhere, very difficult”he insisted.

Authorities are particularly concerned about the deterioration of the situation in the besieged port of Mariupol. According to an adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Tetyana Lomakina, “about 5,000 people have been buried, but people have not been buried for ten days because of the continuous shelling”. She felt that“given the number of people still under the rubble (…), there may be about 10,000 dead “.

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And with the announcement, Friday of Moscow, of“a concentration of his efforts on liberation” of Donbass, the Ukrainian presidency fears one “aggravation” of the situation in this town located south of this mining area.

Mr. Zelensky on Monday night reiterated his desire to see the West extend their sanctions against Moscow, particularly targeting Russian oil. “Does not everything the Russian army is doing and has already done deserve an oil embargo? Do phosphorus bombs not deserve this? Does not the bombing of a nuclear power plant deserve this? »he asks, earnestly asking for new support from military equipment.

Fear always makes you an accomplice (…) And Ukrainians should not die just because someone does not find enough courage to hand over the necessary weapons to Ukraine.

Still difficult negotiations

On the diplomatic front, Russian negotiators arrived in Istanbul (Turkey) on Monday for a new round of talks with the Ukrainians, which was to begin on Tuesday. An earlier negotiation meeting had already taken place on March 10 in Turkey, but had not led to progress.

Discussions then continued at videoconferencing to try to stop this conflict, which has already forced nearly 3.9 million Ukrainians to flee their country, according to the UN, and caused more than 500 billion euros in economic losses for Ukraine, according to an estimate from Kiev.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dampened expectations on Monday, saying the talks had so far yielded no results.“significant progress”. The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, estimated that a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, which the latter calls for, would be “counterproductive”. It does so depending on meeting Moscow’s demands in the negotiations, including “demilitarization” and “denazification” from Ukraine.

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