15:31 26 Sep 2022

russian oligarch Prigozhin admitted founding Wagner paramilitary formation

russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, also called "putin's chef," admitted for the first time that he created the "Wagner" paramilitary formation on May 1, 2014, to seize the territories of Ukraine.

This is stated in Yevgeny Prigozhin's answer to the question of the "Bloknot" editorial office, which was published on VKontakte by the press service of Prigozhin's "Concord" company.

Journalists asked why Prigozhin stopped denying his involvement in the private military company "Wagner." The businessman presented his version of events.

"In 2014, when the genocide of the russian population of Donbas began (Prygozhin uses these words to promote the kremlin's propaganda – ed.) when russia jumped on the last train and managed to block the arrival of the Ukrainian army to Crimea, I, like many other businessmen, went to the training grounds, and tried to spend money to recruit a group that would go and protect the "russians."

But very quickly, I realized that among those who were recruiting and other paramilitary comrades, half were fraudsters, and half were those who took the money, hired volunteers, and sent them without any equipment to real death. Then I flew to one of the training grounds and did it myself. I cleaned the old weapons myself, sorted out the bulletproof vests myself, and found specialists who were able to help me. From that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, which later acquired the name PMC "Wagner," he noted.

According to Prigozhin, Luhansk airport and many other territories were captured thanks to "Wagner" mercenaries solely, "the fate of the lnr and dnr changed."

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