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The Luhansk Regional Military Administration confirmed the strike on Wagner’s headquarters in Popasna

The strike on Wagner’s headquarters in Popasna. Was Yevgeniy Prigozhin there? Photo from social media

The strike on Wagner’s headquarters in Popasna. Was Yevgeniy Prigozhin there? Photo from social media

The head of the Luhansk regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, confirmed that the Ukrainian defenders destroyed the headquarters of the Wagner group in Popasna, Luhansk Region. According to him, a man from the Russian mass media acted as the spotter for the attack. The data about the number of killed mercenaries is being clarified.

The man in question is probably the Russian propagandist Sergey Sreda. On August 8, he said that he arrived at the headquarters and published a photo taken there, where an address plaque could be seen saying 12 Myronivska street. According to The Insider, the post was later deleted from the Telegram channel.

The strike on the headquarters of the Wagner PMC was made on August 14. The first ones to write about it were Russian Telegram channels and war correspondents. They also published photos and videos made on site. According to them, the headquarters were hit by HIMARS.

Quote"The location of the Wagner group was disclosed by a Russian degenerate war correspondent who published the photos of them on his Telegram channel. After that, the mercenaries experienced another "funny story", one of those they are great fans of. Now, killed and wounded criminals, whom the Wagner PMC recruited in Russian prisons, are being drawn from under the rubble," journalist Denys Kazanskyi wrote.

Rumors saying that Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a businessman close to Putin considered to be controlling the Wagner group, was in the headquarters at the moment of the strike are also actively spreading over the Internet. In the photos published by Sreda, Russian propagandists identify a person who looks like Prigozhin.

A photo made by Sereda of a "person looking like Prigozhin". Photo: The Insider

A photo made by Sereda of a "person looking like Prigozhin". Photo: The Insider

There is currently no evidence that he really was in the headquarters when they were struck. No official comments from either side have been made on the matter.

However, the founder of the Conflict Intelligence Team, Ruslan Leviev, suggests that the enemy deliberately provoked fire on the object by publishing the photos from the headquarters in order to reveal the position of the Ukrainian army.

Quote"Considering Prigozhin’s fondness of trolling and the amounts of money he has always been eager to spend and the tremendous efforts he’s been making, I have doubts about whether it really happened," he wrote on Twitter.

Context. The State Department is offering $10 million for information on the interference of Yevgeniy Prigozhin and his "troll factory" in U.S. elections.

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