Former Wagner commander works on new volunteer units for Putin

Andrei Trozhev, the former leading commander of the Wagner mercenary force, is said to be working on new volunteer units for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trozhev is now subordinate to the Russian Defense Ministry. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the presidential office, announced according to said that Putin had met with Trozhev and Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. The conversation was about how volunteer units could be deployed in Ukraine. The AFP news agency reports that Putin asked Trozhev to “oversee the formation of volunteer units that can take on various tasks, first and foremost, of course, in the zone of the special military operation.”

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Image:, Vladimir Putin at the site Donguzsky (2015-09-19) 10.jpg, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size changed)

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