Diplomatic Update: Wagner, F-16s, and Ukraine Situation

Wagner. While the paramilitary group finds itself beheaded after the presumed death of its leader Yevgeny Prigojine, his right-hand man Dmitry Outkin and his logistician Valery Chekalov, Vladimir Putin wants to force the militiamen to take an oath to Russia, like the army regular. The Russian president signed a decree to do this on Friday under which they must in particular swear “fidelity” and “loyalty” to Russia and “strictly follow the orders of commanders and superiors”. They also undertake to “sacredly respect the Russian Constitution”, “conscientiously carry out the tasks entrusted (to them)” and “courageously defend the independence and constitutional order” of the country. This decree concerns persons enlisted as a voluntary combatant, those “contributing to the execution of the tasks assigned to the Russian armed forces” and other “military bodies and formations”, including the territorial defense forces formed during the conflict. in Ukraine.

Plane crash in Prigozhin. Russian authorities said on Friday evening that they had recovered the bodies of the ten people who died in the crash of the plane carrying Wagner’s boss, Yevgeny Prigojine. The flight recorders of the plane that crashed in Russia on Wednesday have also been found. “The bodies of 10 victims have been recovered from the plane crash site. Molecular genetic testing is underway to establish their identities. Flight recorders have been seized by investigators and a detailed examination of the scene is in progress. course,” the Russian Investigative Committee said on Telegram.

F-16. The United States announced Thursday that it would train Ukrainian pilots from September in the handling of the F-16 fighter plane, a device that Westerners have long been reluctant to provide to Kiev. “These pilots will take English training” in Texas in September, before “taking part in pilot training” in Arizona (southwest) the following month, said Pentagon spokesman General Pat Ryder. . President Joe Biden later discussed this training with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call.

“We have already started to implement all the agreements that we have brought back from our visits abroad. First of all, those of the F-16”, also declared Volodymyr Zelensky on his Twitter account. “The tasks are clear. Our foreign team is working to expand the training missions as much as possible. Our military is trying to prepare the infrastructure as quickly as possible and send pilots and engineers for training. We must ensure that Ukraine is fully ready”, added the Ukrainian President. “Our goal is to get closer to the time when the F-16s will help us keep Russian terrorists away. As quickly as possible,” he said.

Diplomacy. Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on Friday in kyiv with the head of Turkish diplomacy, Hakan Fidan. The Ukrainian president hailed an “important” meeting. “We talked about the situation created by Russia’s despicable attacks on grain exports in the Black Sea region,” he said on Telegram. For its part, Turkey has indicated that it sees “no other solution” than the agreement on grain exports that Ukraine has concluded with Russia, through the voice of its Minister of Foreign Affairs, dismissing a possible other route to which the United States would think.

This article is originally published on tf1info.fr

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