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War in Ukraine: who are the mercenaries of the Wagner group who would have received the order to assassinate President Zelensky?

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A new strategy from Vladimir Putin? While talks between Russia and Ukraine for a ceasefire began on Monday February 28 at the Belarusian border, more than 400 mercenaries are believed to be on Ukrainian territory to assassinate Volodymyr Zelensky there, according to the Times.

According to the British daily, these independent soldiers would belong to the Wagner group, a private militia financed by a close friend of the Russian head of state. Their mission would be to kill Ukrainian President Zelensky in exchange for a financial reward.

In 2021, the European Union had condemned the actions of the Wagner group, accusing its members of “fueling violence, looting natural resources and intimidating civilians in violation of international law”.

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According to information from the Times, the Ukrainian government would have been informed of the presence of these mercenaries on its territory by a note from its secret services, Saturday morning, February 26. A few hours before the decision to toughen the curfew in the capital.

Five days after the start of the Russian military invasion, Kiev is holding firm and should continue to receive defensive aid from various European countries.

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