UK set to declare Wagner a terrorist group

UK, London Wagner, the Russian mercenary group, is set to be proscribed as a terrorist group by the UK government – meaning it will be illegal to be a member or support the organisation, BBC World reports. 

A draft order to be laid in Parliament will allow its assets to be categorised as terrorist property and seized.

The home secretary said Wagner was “violent and destructive… a military tool of Vladimir Putin’s Russia”.

She said its work in Ukraine and Africa was a “threat to global security”.

Suella Braverman added: “Wagner’s continuing destabilising activities only continue to serve the Kremlin’s political goals.”

“They are terrorists, plain and simple – and this proscription order makes that clear in UK law.”

Wagner had played a key role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as operating in Syria and countries in Africa including Libya and Mali.

Its fighters have been accused of a number of crimes including killing and torturing Ukrainian citizens.


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