Both Russian newspapers Moskovsky Komsomolets And the Ukrainian army It reported that Vladimir Andanov, also nicknamed “Vakh”, was killed in Ukraine.
Several Russian media claim that Andanov was most likely shot by a sniper while on a reconnaissance mission in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military believes that Andanov was in Ukraine as part of the Wagner Special Military Group, also referred to as “Vladimir Putin’s Special Army”.
Andanov also previously participated in matches in eastern Ukraine. In 2015, he was accused of killing civilians and prisoners of war in the city of Loginova, Donbass region, in February 2015.
He himself denied this, according to BBC.
Ukrainian database preserve peaceWho mentioned those they believe are war criminals, dubbed The Executioner for his role in 2015.
In 2017, he told Russia’s Gazyeta Nomer Adeen newspaper that he had an ideological drive to fight in Ukraine. According to him, the reason is that his grandfather fought against the Ukrainian nationalists during the Second World War.
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BBC It was documented last year that Andanov took part in the fighting in Libya. He is also said to have been active with the Wagner Group in Syria.
Andanov himself denied that he fought with the Wagner Group in Libya.
The Wagner Group, of which he was said to have been before his murder, Known for its human rights violations and brutal methods. They have close relations with the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin.
The group was founded by oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is described as a friend of Putin and also referred to as “Putin’s chef”.
It was previously used in the annexation of Crimea, and the conquest of the Luhansk region in 2014.
In February, it was announced that the paramilitary group had been informed of the move to Ukraine.
Among other things, it was claimed that the group at the beginning of the war had one A special mission to track down Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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