Former chief of staff of the Wagner PMC Andrey Troshev will form volunteer units for the military operation in Ukraine. Troshev will oversee communications between volunteers and the Russian Ministry of Defense, Shot writes. Dmitry Peskov said that he is already working in the Ministry of Defense. Putin proposed transferring command of the Wagnerites to Troshin back on June 29, after Prigozhin’s rebellion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Deputy Minister of Defense Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and Andrei Troshev, the ex-commander of the Wagner PMC with the call sign “Sedoy”. They discussed the formation of volunteer units, including those for work in the zone of military operation in Ukraine . The meeting took place the day before, but the Kremlin press service announced it only today.
Little is known about the content of the conversation. The presidential press service published a video recording and transcript of the beginning of the meeting.
“Andrei Nikolaevich, I would like to start our meeting with a conversation with you,” Putin addressed Troshev. — At the last meeting, we talked about the fact that you will form volunteer units that can perform various combat missions, primarily, of course, in the zone of a special military operation. You yourself fought in such a unit for more than a year.”
According to Putin, Troshin knows what issues need to be “solved in advance so that combat work can proceed in the best and most successful manner.”
Then the president switched to issues of social support for combatants.
“We have created the Defenders of the Fatherland Foundation,” the head of state recalled. “And I have said many times and want to emphasize again: regardless of the status of a person who performs or has performed combat missions, social guarantees for everyone must be absolutely the same. For the country, for the Motherland, it makes no difference in what status a person fought and defended the Fatherland. Therefore, we will also talk about this topic today.”
What Putin talked about with Yevkurov is described in less detail in the transcript on the Kremlin website. “Yunus-Bek Bamatgireevich will talk about how the work is going in general,” the president said.
It is known that recently Evkurov has been actively traveling to African countries. In August, the Ministry of Defense announced the deputy minister's visit to Libya , and in mid-September he appeared in Mali , Burkina Faso and Niger . In all of the listed countries, the Wagner PMC maintained its presence when its head was Yevgeny Prigozhin , and it also operated in Libya and the Central African Republic .
What is known about "Sedom"
Kommersant writes that Troshev is a retired colonel, former chief of staff of the Wagner PMC with the call sign “Sedoy”. He did not support the armed rebellion of the head of the PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, which occurred on June 23-24. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained that Andrei Troshev already works in the Ministry of Defense. He was also chairman of the League for the Defense of the Interests of Veterans of Local Wars and Military Conflicts, an organization that provided support for Wagner veterans.
According to Shot , Troshev “will oversee communications between volunteer structures and the Ministry of Defense.”
The Rybar Telegram channel, close to the Ministry of Defense, previously wrote that Wagner fighters under the leadership of Troshev had already appeared near Bakhmut. At the same time, the Gray Zone channel, close to the PMC, emphasized that we are talking about fighters who refused to participate in Prigozhin’s rebellion.
According to EU sanctions documents , Troshev held the position of executive director at the Wagner PMC. He has a “Hero of Russia” star, Fontanka noted. He participated in military operations in Afghanistan and Chechnya .
Change of leadership of the Wagnerites
Earlier, Kommersant reported that Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with soldiers of the Wagner PMC in the Kremlin on June 29, offered them to serve under the leadership of Troshev.
“Many nodded when I said this,” Vladimir Putin told Kommersant special correspondent Andrei Kolesnikov . “And Prigozhin, who was sitting in front and did not see this, said after listening: “No, the guys do not agree with this decision.”
On June 23, the founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, accused the Ministry of Defense of attacks on Wagner positions and said that the Wagnerites were going to Moscow to “sort it out . ” On the morning of June 24, PMC forces blocked administrative buildings in Rostov-on-Don. Vladimir Putin issued an address where he called Prigozhin’s actions a “stab in the back” and warned him of the consequences. After negotiations between Yevgeny Prigozhin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Wagner fighters retreated to field camps.
On August 23, an Embraer Legacy 600, carrying Prigozhin and the commander of the Wagner PMC Dmitry Utkin , crashed in the Tver region.