Ukraine intel has footage proving Russia's "Wagner" mercenaries took part in seizure of Luhansk airport
The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has video evidence of the participation of a Russian Private Military Company called Wagner in the capture of the Luhansk airport in 2014, spokesperson for the SBU Ihor Huskov told a Kyiv press conference Thursday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"As of today, we have a video showing participation of Wagner mercenaries in the battles near the village of Luhanske, in the seizure of the Luhansk airport. We are finalizing the analysis of the footage and we will release it shortly," Huskov said.
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