DIU Special Forces detain and interrogate Wagner mercenaries in Sudan

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Sources Kyiv Post Ukraine’s intelligence services have provided an exclusive video showing Ukrainian special forces interrogating captured Wagner mercenaries in the Republic of Sudan.

In one part of the video, special forces operators from the Timur combat group, part of the Military Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine(GUR ), are seen inspecting military vehicles, with traces of intense weapon strikes through the windshield and the body of a soldier with the Wagner PMC emblem on the passenger seat.

Later footage shows a Ukrainian cameraman interrogating a Russian-speaking prisoner. In the video, he confesses that he was part of a group of mercenaries from the Wagner PMC who were sent to Sudan to overthrow the local government.


“What is your rank?” the Ukrainian fighter asks.

– A soldier,” the mercenary replies.

– Is it your department?

“PMC Wagner.

“How did you get here, to Sudan?” he is asked.

“We were traveling through the Central African Republic (CAR) to Khartoum,” the mercenary replies.

– What was the goal?

“To overthrow the local authorities,” comes the answer.

– How many of you are here?

“100 people”.

In addition, two African prisoners, allegedly recruited by Wagner PMC mercenaries, are being interrogated along with a Russian-speaking soldier.

According to open sources, Ukrainian special forces have been operating in the Republic of Sudan for at least several months.

Earlier, a video appeared showing Ukrainian drones destroying “Russian mercenaries” and their “local terrorist partners” in Sudan.

The footage, shot “in recent weeks” in an undisclosed part of the African country, shows three separate strikes on three different vehicles.

Sources in Ukraine’s intelligence services told the Kyiv Post: “The work on the destruction of Russian mercenaries and their local terrorist partners in Sudan is probably carried out by Ukrainian special forces… The work that we have planned [in Sudan] is being done.”

In November 2023, the Kyiv Post obtained two videos allegedly showing Ukrainian special forces hunting mercenaries in the country.

The HUR spokesperson usually neither confirms nor denies the deployment of Ukrainian military personnel in foreign territories, including the Republic of Sudan.

Why are Ukrainian forces operating in Sudan?

In May 2023, the head of the GRU, Kirill Budanov, promised to “destroy Russian war criminals anywhere in the world, wherever they are.” The current state-sponsored campaign of Ukrainian foreign special forces to hunt down Wagner PMC members deployed in Sudan will be in line with Budanov’s promise.

Russia, along with the Wagner Group, was directly involved in the 2019 coup in Sudan, supporting Hemedtee and his fighters in the conflict and supplying weapons. “Wagner has also supplied surface-to-air missiles to the Sudanese Rapid Reaction Force (RSF).

A senior Sudanese source told CNN in 2023 that about 90 percent of RSF weapons came from Wagner PMC. This supply channel is still open, despite the deaths of Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and his deputy Dmitry Utkin in a plane crash in Russia, the source said.

In September, President Zelenskyy said he held an impromptu meeting with Sudanese Sovereign Council Chairman Abdel Fattah al-Burhan while traveling through Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

“We discussed our common security challenges, namely the activities of illegal armed groups funded by Russia,” Zelenskyy said in a post on social media.

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