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Russia increased Wagner deployments as Hifter’s offensive faltered, UN report says

A new UN report backs US claims that Russia sent more fighters to Libya as Turkey intervened against Hifter.
Members of the self-proclaimed eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) special forces gather in the city of Benghazi, on their way to reportedly back up fellow LNA fighters on the frontline west of the city of Sirte, facing forces loyal to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), on June 18, 2020. - The resurgent GNA has vowed to push on for Sirte, late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's hometown and the last major settlement before the traditional boundary between western Libya and strongman Khalifa H

A new assessment by independent UN sanctions monitors adds credence to reports that Russia doubled down on its military support for Gen. Khalifa Hifter as his offensive against Libya’s Tripoli-based government faltered over the past year.

The report, seen by Reuters, said the Russian military’s logistical support for the Wagner paramilitary company’s activities in Libya “significantly increased from January 2020 to June 2020.”

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