Secondo la testata russa dissidente Meduza al posto di Wagner sono impiegati ora nella guerra in Ucraina altri tre nuclei militari privati legati all’azienda di stato Gazprom, cioè Fakel (fiaccola), Potok (torrente), and Redut (ridotta). A rivelarne la presenza a BBC News Russian il capo della Wagner, Prigozhin. Non ci sono però riscontri corecisi a quanto affermato dal truce capo della Wagneri.
Wagner Group isn’t the only private military company (PMC) fighting for the Russian side in Ukraine. A new investigation from BBC News Russian finds that other such groups are most likely linked to Russia’s state oil and gas company, Gazprom. Wagner Group founder Evgeny Prigozhin mentioned the other private military companies himself during an interview with the publication in April. The Gazprom-linked PMCs go by the names Fakel (Torch), Potok (Torrent), and Redut (Redoubt).
“People who have money now think that forming a PMC is a great idea, so they’ve started to multiply. There’s the Gazprom PMC, [billionaire Andrey] Bokarev’s PMC, and Redut — one after another,” said the Wagner founder. In the interview, Prigozhin also said that fighters with other PMCs were sent to cover the flanks of the Wagner Group’s advance on Bakhmut. The other groups reportedly had to abandon their positions because of poor training and supplies and a lack of “tactical-level commanders.” Prigozhin added that the founders of the other PMCs “report to the Kremlin” and that their fighters are very well paid”.