On March 29, a large convoy transporting Russian private military contractors (PMS) arrived at the Central African Republic (CAR).
The convoy entered the country through the Amdafock border crossing with Sudan. It was last spotted in the town of Birao. The convoy’s final destination is reportedly the northern town of Bamingui.
❗️According to local sources, a convoy of approximately 50 Russian vehicles entered the #centralafricanrepublic from #sudan and arrived in the town of Birao in March 29.#Russia #Centralafricanrepublic #Africa #security #mercenaries #Wagnergroup #osint pic.twitter.com/HbBi16Qi5U
— European Security (@esj_news) March 30, 2021
The Briao Info Facebook page shared several photos of the convoy, which consists of more than 50 pickups, trucks, armored personnel carriers and engineering vehicles.
Russian forces have been present in the CAR for a few years. Military advisors are currently training the Central African Armed Forces. Meanwhile, the PMCs are supporting government forces and guarding the country’s top officials.
A coalition of major rebel groups in the CAR, dubbed the Coalition of Patriots for Change, is now engaged in a rebellion against the country’s legitimate authorities. The rebels have been attempting to capture the capital, Bangui, in order to overthrow President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who was re-elected last December.
In spite of the efforts of Russia and a number of regional and international powers, the situation in the CAR remains far from being stable. The country’s civil war, which has been ongoing since 2012, will not likely end soon.
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