It is well-established that Russian mercenaries have been operating in Sudan since 2017, among them members of the notorious Wagner paramilitary group. But, since the outbreak of war in Sudan earlier this year, there have also been reported suspicions of Ukrainian mercenaries fighting on the side of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in their battle against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). This April, CNN reported that Wagner had supplied RSF paramilitaries with missiles. Recent videos have surfaced showing fair-skinned men handling sniper rifles in an arid landscape alongside claims that these videos show Ukrainian special operations forces in Sudan. When segments of this footage appeared publicly it renewed the rumour mill, prompting Bellingcat to investigate.   A higher quality and slightly longer video was sent to a Bellingcat contributor and other journalists, suggesting that its spread could be an attempt to influence public opinion. The video featuring alleged Ukrainian figures in Sudan began circulating online on October 6, 2023. It was subsequently shared by Telegram channels such as Trukha Ukraine and the news website Babel.ua. The latter claimed that sources in the country’s intelligence community had confirmed that the men in the video are Ukrainians fighting against the RSF. Babel reported that Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service HUR MOU, commented simply, “Ukraine will destroy Russian war criminals wherever in the world they may be.”

via bellingcat: Examining Videos of Suspected Ukrainian Riflemen in Sudan

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