The Russian private military company “Wagner” was sent to Libya about 1 thousand fighters. This is stated in a confidential report of the United Nations, seen by the Agency Reuters.
Independent monitors compliance with sanctions has said that cannot confirm the scale of the presence of PMC “Wagner” in Libya from independent sources, but “based on reports from public sources and limited observations, the estimated maximum number of hosted private soldiers is no more than 800-1200 people.”
According to the UN, the Russian mercenaries provide support to the forces of General Khalifa Haftorah, which has been fighting against the internationally recognized government of Libya.
After the overthrow in 2011 of the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi the country has formed a new government, however, in 2014 it split and in Libya, fighting broke out between the two administrations. One of them – the internationally recognized government of national unity (GNU), which controls Tripoli, the second – “tobrucka the government,” armed forces which are led by General Khalifa Haftar.
5 April 2019 the Haftarot forces took control of the former Tripoli international airport near the capital of the country. The UN Security Council called on the Haftarot to immediately stop the offensive on Tripoli. 6 APR military aviation, the GNU launched air strikes on busy afterbecame areas.
The military Prosecutor of Libya has issued a warrant for the arrest of the Haftarot.
28 April 2019 power, controlled by the internationally recognized government of national unity of Libya managed to oust the army of Haftarot from the southern areas of the city.
In February 2020, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Russia controls the conflict in Libya “at the highest level.”
According to media reports, Russian PMCs “Wagner”, associated with the Kremlin, is involved in the fighting on the side of the Haftarot, as well as recruiting new recruits for the forces of General in Syria.
At the end of April 2020, the Minister of internal Affairs of Libya Fathi Barzaga said that mercenaries from PMCs “Wagner” used nerve gas during the fighting in Tripoli.