The Kyiv Post has obtained two exclusive videos depicting Ukrainian special forces reportedly on a mission to track down mercenaries associated with the pro-Kremlin “Wagner” Private Military Company (PMC) in Sudan.
According to a source within Ukraine’s security and defense sector, an operation is currently underway in Sudan aimed at removing the “Wagner” PMC, as well as local militants and Russian special service personnel. In a conversation with the Kyiv Post, the source suggested that the footage likely features special units from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (GUR). For security reasons, a special services operative declined to provide further details about the operation.
The source indicated that these videos were recorded over the past two weeks within a Sudanese city. It’s important to note that the Kyiv Post has not independently verified the authenticity of these videos.
One of the videos, in black and white, appears to have been shot at night using an infrared spectrum drone. The footage shows a small group of fighters surrounding a building, with targets inside the structure highlighted. In another sequence, an assailant employs a handheld grenade launcher to fire through a window of the building.
Subsequent scenes depict several explosions, alternating between regular and infrared camera shots. The explosions brightly illuminate the nighttime streets, prompting some individuals within the building to return fire while others attempt to escape. These explosions include those possibly caused by grenade launchers or even medium-caliber howitzer shells. More powerful explosions result in significant fires that extend to a nearby low-rise residential building.
Other shots reveal smoke and debris rising as high as the sixth floor due to the explosions. It remains unclear where the shots that triggered these explosions originated. Unfortunately, the video does not show any victims.
The Ukrainian government has not officially acknowledged the deployment of combat units in Sudan or the operation against “Wagner” PMC militants in the country. Last month, CNN reported drone strikes near the Sudanese capital that bore similarities to the tactics employed by Ukrainian special forces.
When RBC-Ukraine contacted Andriy Yusov, the State Government representative, for clarification on the situation in Sudan, his response was, “We can neither confirm nor deny it.” He also referenced General Budanov’s statement that Ukraine would pursue Russian war criminals worldwide.
Russia, specifically through VK Wagner, was directly involved in the Sudanese coup in 2019, offering support to Hemedti and his rebel forces and supplying weaponry. Wagner was responsible for providing surface-to-air missiles to the Rapid Response Force (RSF). A senior Sudanese source informed CNN that approximately 90% of the RSF’s weapons came from Wagner, and this supply continued despite the deaths of Wagner PMC leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and his deputy Dmitry Utkin in a plane crash in Russia.
In September, President Zelenskyi disclosed an impromptu meeting with Sudan’s Sovereign Council head, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, while transiting through Ireland’s Shannon airport. They discussed shared security challenges, particularly the activities of illegal armed groups funded by Russia.
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