US Designates Russian Wagner Group an International “Criminal Organization”
United States designates Russian Wagner paramilitary group as ‘Transnational Criminal Organization’
The United States has taken a major step and designated the Russian Wagner paramilitary group as a “transnational criminal organization” on Friday, according to White House national security spokesperson John Kirby.
Kirby said this move was taken in order to increase pressure on this private army that is active in Ukraine and is accused of numerous human rights abuses.
Headed by Yevgeny Prigojine, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is currently estimated by the US that the Wagner group has around 50,000 people deployed in Ukraine, including 10,000 mercenaries and 40,000 prisoners.
Kirby also added that the US hopes to take further action against the group after placing it on its blacklist and shared satellite images that allegedly show Russian trains heading to North Korea to stock up on equipment to supply the Wagner group, in violation of UN resolutions.