Putin Hired Mercenaries To Infiltrate Kyiv; Here Was Their Mission
The Times of London has revealed that more than 400 Russian-paid mercenaries have infiltrated Kyiv, tasked with the mission of killing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to the report, the Wagner Group, which is a private militia that just so happens to be run by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, flew in a group of mercenaries from Africa five weeks ago, given the mission to assassinate Zelenskyy, along with other government officials.
This wasn’t their only mission. If they also helped to prepare the ground for Russians to take it over, they would have received a very handsome bonus.
Kyiv declared a 36-hour “hard” curfew — from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. — to sweep the city for Russian saboteurs after the mercenaries’ mission reached the Ukrainian government on Saturday, the Times reported.
Civilians were warned not to go outside because they would be seen as Russian agents and risked being “liquidated.”
“All civilians who will be on the street during the curfew will be considered members of the enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a tweet posted on Saturday. “Please treat the situation with understanding and do not go outside.”
In December, the European Union moved to sanction the Wagner Group and its associates for serious human rights abuses, including torture and arbitrary executions.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the time tweeted: “The United States welcomes @EUCouncil actions today to sanction Wagner Group and its associates. We applaud the European Union for its commitment to promoting respect for human rights around the world, as well as upholding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”
Several former U.S. intelligence officials spoke with Fox News, stating that it’s likely these mercenaries had already been in Kyiv for quite some time and helped to provide Putin with intel before he launched his invasion.
One of the officials stated that using these mercenaries in order to kill Zelenskyy provided Putin with plausible deniability, enabling him to claim he had nothing to do with their actions.
Another of the U.S. officials told Fox that having the Wagner Group carry out these murders, using some kind of nerve agent or other non-traceable means, could potentially be Russia’s tactic because “something not attributable is an option Putin would want to have.”