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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. next Weeks to impose additional sanctions on Russian private military companies The White House said on Friday that U.S. officials say the Wagner Group has been helping Russian troops in the war in Ukraine. White House National Security Spokesperson John Kirby (NYSE: 100KEX) said the U.S. Treasury Department would designate Wagner as a major transnational criminal organization. Wagner’s growing influence in Russia has led to tensions among the country’s military leadership, he said.
“In conjunction with this designation, we will also impose additional sanctions on Wagner and his support network across multiple continents next week. These actions recognize Wagner poses a transcontinental threat, including through his ongoing pattern of serious criminal activity,” Kirby told reporters at his daily White House briefing.
Declare Wagner a Transnational Criminal Organization by U.S. Executive Order 18 freezes any assets of Wagner in the United States and prohibits Americans from providing funds, goods or services to the organization. “Through these actions, and many more, we send information to any c companies considering providing support to Wagner is this The: Wagner is a criminal organization that has committed widespread atrocities and human rights violations, and we will work tirelessly to identify, disrupt, expose and target those who assist Wagner,” Kirby said.
The White House said last month that the Wagner Group received a shipment of weapons from North Korea to help bolster Russia’s military in Ukraine, a sign of the group’s The role is expanding in that conflict.
North Korea’s foreign ministry called the report groundless and condemned the U.S. for supplying deadly weapons to Ukraine. Wagner owner Yevgeny Prigozhin last month denied receiving weapons from North Korea and described the report as “rumours and speculation”. Prigozhin, asking for comment on the reaction to Kirby’s Friday, did not directly respond to the U.S. allegations, but said they showed that Wagner and the Americans It’s “colleagues” who are all involved in “dismantling criminal groups,” an apparent reference to Russia’s claim that its war is aimed at eliminating what it calls the illegitimate government of East and West Ukraine.
The White House on Friday released an image dated Nov.
It said Shows Russian railway carriages traveling between Russia and North Korea.
Kirby says North Korea fired infantry rockets but missed Documents entered Russia for Wagner, images show five Russian trains traveling from Russia to North Korea . “November10, North Korea loaded the container into the train carriages, and the train returned to Russia,” he said.
“While we have assessed that the material delivered to Wagner did not change the battlefield dynamics in Ukraine, we expect it to continue to receive North Korean weapons system,” he said.
Kirby says Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly turning to Wagner for military support, causing some tension in Moscow .