Russian investigative media reveals 35 Russian mercenaries have been killed in Tripoli fighting
International media outlets, among which the Russian investigative media Meduza, The Moscow Times and The Times, report that dozens of Russian mercenaries are believed to have been killed in Libya since fitghing erupted in April 2019 between forces allied with the internationally backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and Libyan National Army (LNA) troops aligned with Khalifa Haftar. According to Meduza, the Russian casualties were fighters affiliated with the Wagner PMX, a Russian private military which enjoys strong connections to the Russian government. Meduza’s investigation highlights the relationship Russia has developed with Eastern-Libya Khalifa Haftar since 2015 and the support that has been provided by the Kremlin as it tries to increase its influence in the region.
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