Almost a week after a failed uprising against Moscow, some elements of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner remain in Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine, the US Pentagon says.
“In terms of the Wagner Group and its organization, I would tell you that right now we are seeing some elements of the Wagner Group in Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine,” Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder said Thursday.
Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin is now in exile in Belarus, Minsk said earlier this week.
Wagner’s short-lived rebellion deeply divided Moscow’s military ranks, with the EU now seeing cracks in Russian unity, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told CNBC.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the start of the first day of the EU summit on June 29, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.
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The international community continued to rally around Ukraine, with the World Bank extending a new $1.5 billion loan to Kiev, while EU leaders pledged unspecified future security commitments this week.
In another show of solidarity, Spain is set to begin its six-month rotation at the head of the rotating presidency of the EU Council with a visit by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to Kyiv. Ukraine is pushing for entry into the European coalition and NATO military alliance.