E.U. Sanctions Target Russian 'Wagner' Mercenary Group

E.U. Sanctions Target Russian 'Wagner' Mercenary Group

Andrew H. Sweet

The foreign ministers targeted the Wagner group, and eight individuals, and three connected entities. The sanctions include asset bans and travel freezes intended to limit the group's operations.

A statement said that those who have been targeted "are involved in serious human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and killings, or in destabilizing activities in some of the countries they operate in."

E.U. lawmakers have said the group should be considered a "proxy organization" for the Russian state. The E.U. said the group is "spreading its malign influence ... notably in the Sahel region" of Africa, which includes Mali. Germany and France have objected to the presence of Wagner Group fighters in Mali.

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