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Border Guards: Wagner being used to aggravate tense border situation, do not present threat to Ukraine

by The Kyiv Independent news desk July 28, 2023 10:36 AM 1 min read
The Belarusian flag flies above tents at a newly-built camp on a site previously used by the Belarusian army that could potentially accommodate up to 5,000 Wagner troops, on July 07, 2023, 90 kilometers southeast of Minsk, near Tsel, Asipovichy District, Belarus. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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Belarus is using Wagner forces to threaten and de-stabilize an already-tense situation but do not present a military threat to Ukraine, Border Guard Service spokesperson Andrii Demchenko said on Ukrainian television on July 28.    

According to Demchenko, though the Belarusian border is secure, Ukrainian intelligence is continuing to monitor the mercenaries for unusual activity.

The comments came as the 13th convoy of Wagner mercenaries arrived in Belarus, consisting of more than 80 vehicles, according to Belarusian monitoring group Belarusian Hayun.  

The vehicles include armored vehicles, fuel trucks, passenger buses, cargo trucks, pickups and passenger vehicles, among others.  The convoy also included a gray bus with the red and green crest of Lukashenko's Belarus.    

Over 5,000 Wagner mercenaries are believed to currently be in Belarus, transferring there after their short-lived mutiny against the Russian military in June.

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed that Wagner fighters are clamoring to attack Poland, a NATO member.

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