Russian military forces allegedly raid Wagner bases in Syria, reports Saudi news channel

Wagner mercenaries during the mutiny in Rostov
Wagner mercenaries during the mutiny in Rostov

Russian military police in Syria conducted raids on Wagner mercenary bases in the country, Saudi Arabian TV news channel Al-Hadath alleged on June 27.

Citing its own sources, the channel reported that Russian military police allegedly arrested the head of the Wagner unit in As Suwayda, southern Syria, as well as three "high-ranking commanders" at the Khmeimim Air Base.

According to the channel, the police also visited Wagner offices in other Syrian cities, including Deir ez-Zur, Hama, and Damascus.

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However, Telegram channels associated with Wagner have denied these reports.

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"Regarding the detention of Wagner PMC fighters in Syria. The information about the arrests is not true," wrote the "Orchestra Wagner" channel. They did not specify whether raids were conducted without arrests.

Russian military police checkpoints are permanently stationed in several populated areas in Syria. Russia officially states that their main tasks are "monitoring the situation, ensuring the security of humanitarian actions, and patrolling strategically important roads for the country."

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Russian military intervention in Syria began in the fall of 2015, and during this time, similar to Ukraine, the Russian armed forces have committed hundreds of war crimes in the country, ranging from airstrikes on densely populated cities to supplying weapons to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. At the end of December 2017, the Russian government announced the permanent deployment of its forces in Syria. Russia later transferred part of its forces from there to Ukraine when its plan for a rapid full-scale invasion failed in February 2022.

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