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Wagner Group now just 400 km away from Moscow

Saturday, 24 June 2023, 16:25
Wagner Group now just 400 km away from Moscow
Krasnoe, Lipetsk Oblast, Russia. Google Maps. Geolocation tag: Meduza

A convoy of Wagner Group forces has been spotted near the village of Krasnoe in Russia’s Lipetsk Oblast, located only 400 kilometres away from Moscow.

Source: Meduza, a Latvian-based Russian media outlet; RBC, a Russian news outlet, citing Igor Artamonov, Lipetsk Oblast Governor; Ukrainian special service officers in a comment for Ukrainska Pravda

Details: A convoy of Wagner Group forces has been spotted in the village of Krasnoe in the northwest of Lipetsk Oblast. Footage confirming this has been posted to a Telegram channel covering the nearby city of Yelets.

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The video, which Meduza journalists were able to geolocate, suggests that Wagner Group military vehicles were travelling on a local road next to the railway tracks.

A source told Meduza he saw military personnel dressed in sand-coloured camouflage uniforms without insignia on the outskirts of Krasnoe.

Google Maps shows that Krasnoe is just over 400 kilometres from Moscow.

Igor Artamonov, Governor of Lipetsk Oblast, later said that Wagner Group’s military vehicles are advancing through the oblast.

"Law enforcement agencies and the government, including municipal authorities, are taking the measures necessary to ensure the security of local residents. The situation is under control," the governor claimed.

He reminded the residents of Lipetsk Oblast that they should remain in their homes and refrain from travelling.

Sources in Ukraine’s special service told Ukrainska Pravda that Wagner Group fighters had reached Lipetsk Oblast around 15:00 Kyiv time. If they keep advancing at this pace, they will reach Moscow this evening.

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