Wagner CEO Prigozhin is a war criminal, US Attorney General says
Evgeny Prigozhin (Photo:screenshot of the video Ukraine_Twi/Twitter)
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland described Russian oligarch and head of Wagner Group private military company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, as a war criminal, French news agency AFP reported on March 1.
During a Senate hearing on March 1, Garland recalled that the U.S. Department of Justice is helping Ukraine investigate war crimes committed after the start of Russian full-scale invasion, including the crimes committed by Wagner mercenaries.
"Mr. Prigozhin, who runs this thing, is in my view a war criminal," Garland said during the hearing, noting that his department has "more than sufficient evidence" to assert that.
Garland added that Wagner troops are responsible for attacks on Ukrainians in Donbas and recruitment of convicts from Russian prisons, calling their actions "unfathomable."
On Jan. 26, the United States recognized Wagner as a transnational criminal organization. A few days later, the Ukrainian parliament passed a similar resolution.
Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak, Wagner Group recruited 38,244 Russian prisoners to fight in Ukraine. As of mid-January, 29,543 of them have already been killed or wounded in action, according to Ukraine’s General Staff.
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