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What is the Russian Wagner group of mercenaries?

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Is Russia using mercenaries in Ukraine? A recent report from the British military intelligence has revealed that Russia has used the private military contractor called the Wagner group to reinforce its frontline forces in the Ukraine war

According to reports, Wagner has made advances in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine.

And a recent revelation from foreign policy Magazine says:

Wagner may get involved in Burkina Faso next as a military coup in January has left the country vulnerable.

And its fighters are already present in neighbouring Mali which means that it is very possible.

For some, Russia is simply using Wagner to secure access to ports and natural resources.

Other analysts say Russia is trying to capitalise on the rising anti-French sentiment in the Sahel.

In March. There were protests against French Military presence in a number of countries including in Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso.

France has been withdrawing its military presence in the region and now mainly operates out of Niger and Chad.

The Wagner Group has been called “Putin’s shadow army,” although the Kremlin has denied responsibility for any knowledge of their activities.

And The U.S. government has called Wagner a Proxy Force of Russia’s defense ministry.

Alongside their mercenary work, the group has also been accused of spreading disinformation.

But using mercenaries is not new.

Another controversial group is the American Private Milirtary contractor: Blackwater.

Which was led by the notorious Eric Prince.

Blackwater made billions of dollars during U.S.led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before renaming itself.

The Intercept has also reported that Erik Prince has provided military services to Wagner in at least two African conflicts citing a report from “three people with knowledge of the efforts”.

Recently the European Union imposed sanctions on the Wagner group.

Experts say the war in Ukraine has forced the Kremlin to focus on Donbas, and less on Africa.

Small groups of Wagner fighters remain active in the Sahel, but more importantly; they remain influential.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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