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Putin forms new mercenary group to operate in Africa

Putin forms new mercenary group to operate in Africa

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has reportedly established its own private mercenary group to operate in Africa.

According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin’s government aims to capitalize on the dissolution of the Wagner group, which previously conducted operations across multiple African countries.

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The newly formed entity, named the Africa Corps, draws parallels to the Nazi forces active in North Africa during World War II.

Bloomberg’s report suggests that recruiters will enlist approximately 20,000 personnel primarily for operations in the Sahel region, situated on the southern border of the Sahara Desert.

Led by the late Yevheny Prighozin, the Wagner Group conducted extensive security operations on the continent, often receiving stakes in mines and other natural resource contracts as compensation.

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