Poland fortifies Belarus border amid Wagner’s suspicious move

Experts warn that the Wagner “mutiny” could have been orchestrated & Prigozhin could launch an attack on Ukraine from Belarus.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 26 June, 2023 1:02 pm IST
Poland has intensified its border security with Belarus

NEW DELHI: Poland has intensified its border security with Belarus after Wagner militia group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin relocated to a pro-Russia nation following a suspicious mutiny against Russian President Vladimir Putin which ended abruptly and without any bloodshed.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that his country is closely monitoring developments in Russia, prompting additional border reinforcements along its border with Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad due to perceived security threats from Russia.

Prigozhin – popularly known as ‘Putin’s chef’ – launched a rebellion against Russian military leaders, moving his forces from the frontline in Ukraine into Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don and capturing the military headquarters running the war.

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However, within 24 hours, Prigozhin for Belarus in a deal brokered by the Belarusian leader and his fighters, who reached in 200 km vicinity of Moscow, also retreated to Ukraine.

President Putin’s office, the Kremlin, announced that Prigozhin would not face any charges and that his mercenaries would be granted general amnesty.

Prigozhin was charges with organizing an armed rebellion after claiming that Russian Ministry of Defense forces had attacked his PMC’s rear camps – an allegations denied by Russian military. President Putin condemned Prigozhin’s actions as a “stab in the back” and warned of consequences.

Meanwhile, some Wagner Group mercenaries are expected to integrate into the official Russian military.

However, amid these developments, Lord Dannatt, a former British Army chief, issued a warning to Ukraine. He urged Ukrainian forces to closely monitor Prigozhin’s activities and remain prepared for potential cross-border attacks. Given the mutiny within the Wagner Group, Dannatt suggested that Prigozhin and his fighters may target Ukrainian forces, cautioning against complacency.

The Wagner Group has played a significant role in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, including the capture of the eastern city of Bakhmut. While Prigozhin’s rebellion was short-lived, his criticisms of the military leadership and the subsequent agreement with the Kremlin have raised concerns about the group’s intentions and potential future actions.

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