Mercenaries from the Russian private paramilitary organization Wagner’s Group are working to fortify the defense line in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. This was announced on Wednesday by the founder of this group, the Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, TASR reports, according to a report by the AFP agency.

“On the contact line known as the Wagner line, a complex of fortifications is being built… It is a multi-level and layered defense,” said Prigozhin on the social network of his company Konkord.

The Russian oligarch further boasts in the post that the line was not even necessary, because “the very presence of Wagner’s unit on the front line is an impregnable wall”.

The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Prigozhin, who is nicknamed “Putin’s cook” for his catering contracts with the Kremlin. At the end of September, this Russian oligarch admitted that in 2014 he founded Wagner’s group with the aim of sending fighters to the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

For years, Wagner’s group has been suspected of pursuing Russia’s ambitions overseas, but the Kremlin has always denied having any connection with it. The presence of its members was reported from several zones of war conflicts, including Syria, Libya, Mali, Ukraine and the Central African Republic, where this group was accused of usurping government power, AFP reports.

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