– Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement on Friday, citing the Russian news agency RIA, that Troshev now officially works in the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The RIAA wrote that Putin and Troshev met to discuss volunteer combat forces in connection with the war in Ukraine. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Janos-Bek Yevkurov was also present. He did not mention when the meeting took place.
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Wagner’s previous heyday
In July, Putin chose Troshev as one of the people he wanted to take over as head of the Wagner Group after former leader Yevgeny Prigozhin’s short-lived rebellion against the military leadership in Moscow in June.
Prigozhin died in a plane crash outside Moscow at the end of August.
According to the European Union, Trusev is the former chief of staff of the Wagner Group. He is also a retired colonel and participated in the Afghanistan War and the Second Chechen War. Troshev was also an agent of the Russian Interior Ministry.
Intelligence: Return to Ukraine
In the daily Intelligence update The British Ministry of Defense has claimed that several hundred former Wagner soldiers have returned to Ukraine in recent weeks. The British claim to be divided into small groups fighting on the same side as various pro-Russian groups.
– Reports indicate that many people have returned to the areas surrounding Bakhmut. Their experience may be in demand in this sector. Many will be familiar with the Ukrainian frontline and tactics in the region after fighting there last winter, the Brits wrote on Friday morning.
Last winter, some of the bloodiest battles so far during the war in Ukraine took place in Bakhmut, located in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province. The Wagner Group became known for using tactics where it sent waves of soldiers against Ukrainian positions.
The Wagner Group withdrew from Ukraine at the beginning of June this year. At the end of August, a large part of the Wagner administration was killed in a plane crash.
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