ISW stated that the first Wagner group left Belarus by bus. It was stated that the departure of the first group of 500-600 people was part of the agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Wagner group leader Yevgeniy Prigozhin. However, there is no information about Wagner's new target.
Wagner's presence in Belarus caused tensions in neighboring Poland. Poland decided to deploy more than 10 thousand troops to the border with Belarus.
The Wagner group has been conducting military activities on behalf of Russia from Syria and African countries for a long time. Wagner, which also participated in Russia's military operations against Ukraine in February 2022, attracted attention with its successful activities on the conflict line.
Wagner leader Prigozhin, who had problems with the Russian military leadership during the war in Ukraine, frequently published videos targeting Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Prigozhin had attempted a coup on July 23 to change the government, which he claimed was in the hands of a "traitorous" and "corrupt" group. Wagner members, who left the fronts in Ukraine, entered Russian territory under Prigozhin's leadership and captured the city of Krasnodar.
Advancing toward the capital Moscow, the Wagner troops clashed with the Russian army and shot down several aircraft belonging to the army.
Wagner then decided to halt his advance and hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After talks between the parties, Wagner decided to withdraw to Belarusian territory.
Source: Anadolu Agency