A Russian mercenary company known as the “Wagner group” has started recruiting – presumably – to work in Mali, but it does not accept anyone born in Ukraine, including the Donbas and Crimea, the Russian editorial office of BBC News reported.
The BBC, citing its own sources, said on Monday that the vacancy notices appeared on accounts related to the “Wagner group” on the Russian social network VKontakte.
Recruitment covers a wide group of specialists, you need: French translators, instructors, surgeons, therapists, family doctors, engineers, cooks, drivers. Military men are also in demand: sappers, operators and mechanics of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Men between the ages of 23 and 45 are admitted, the grounds for refusal may be tax arrears, convictions, rotten teeth or serious diseases, the BBC reported.
The advertisements say that neither Georgian citizens nor people born on the territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic are admitted. It is also about Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, and the territory of Donbass under the control of pro-Russian separatists.
Work in Mali
According to the BBC, “many participants in combat operations in eastern Ukraine” are dissatisfied with this restriction.
BBC sources said mercenaries are likely to work in Mali. Recruitment takes place at the Molkino training ground in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia.
On September 25, Russia’s head of diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, confirmed that Mali’s government wants to hire Russian mercenaries from the “Wagner group”.
“Wagner’s Group” is the unofficial name of the formationwhich – according to independent media – took part in the fighting in Donbas, Syria and Libya. The media associates this “private military company” with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin who is close to the Kremlin.
Mercenary activity is officially prohibited in Russia.
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