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Wagner Group Says Russian Mercenaries Not Involved In Central African Republic Massacre

The Wagner Security Group says its soldiers were not responsible for the recent massacre of civilians Aigbando and Yanga villages.

Wagner Security Group, which employs the Russian mercenaries deployed in the Central African Republic, says its soldiers were not responsible for  the Jan. 16 and 17, 2022 massacre of civilians in Aigbando and Yanga villages.

HumAngle reported that under the cover of carrying out an operation against rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) in the north of Bria, Russian mercenaries and FACA soldiers killed about 70 civilians and wounded 100 others on.

The United Nations has opened an investigation into the massacre. 

Eyewitnesses have already been interrogated but the Bangui regime continues to reject the accusations of a massacre.

A statement issued on Friday, Feb. 4, and signed by Alexandre Ivanov, the leader of the Community of Officers for International Security, which is the parent company of Wagner Security Group, described the allegation as propaganda against the Russian specialists and Russia.

“Right now, we are witnessing the activation of propaganda information resources which derive money by inventing news and spew calumny against Russian specialists and Russia,” Ivanov said in the statement.

“The enormity of the fake news that they publish is incomprehensible. The (Russian) instructors are accused of crimes which they are supposed to have committed at sites which are hundreds of kilometres away from where they are located. What are they going to propose further? That Wagner is on Mars?”

The statement accused western governments of being involved in propaganda against Russia and Russian instructors.

“It has been proven that the propaganda machine of the West has been tuned to the maximum and is ready to invent the most terrible lies against Russia in order to hide their own crimes.”

The Alexandre Ivanov statement spoke of the arrest of the political coordinator of the UPC, Abdoulaye Garba, and the involvement of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in crimes in the country.

“And this propaganda, which does not rely on anything, appears at the same time when the whole country is discussing and condemning accusations shown on television of real persons, confirming the facts that there is cooperation between the rebels, MINUSCA and French diplomats.”

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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