The Wagner Group, a private Russian mercenary company, has sent an open letter to the White House objecting to US sanctions over allegations that it received weapons from North Korea.
According to Reuters on the 21st local time, Yevgeny Prigogine, the head of the Wagner Group, called ‘Putin’s Chef’, asked in a Telegram message, “Can you clarify what the hell Wagner is alleged to have committed?”
This comes after John Kirby, head of the Strategic Communications Coordinator of the White House National Security Council, released photos containing evidence that North Korea supplied weapons to Wagner the day before, and designated the Wagner group as an “international criminal organization” and announced additional sanctions.
The White House said North Korea had sold weapons and ammunition, including infantry rockets and missiles, to the Wagner Group in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. criticized it.
The United States has already sanctioned trade related to the Wagner Group to prevent its weapons from 2017, and the European Union also imposed its own sanctions on charges of activities in Ukraine and several African countries in 2021.
Russian media reported that the Wagner group, which occupied Soledar in eastern Ukraine, plans to return the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers killed there, and that about 20 truckloads of bodies will be returned over the next four to five times.