Russian private military contractors have been spotted guarding the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) – Firmin Ngrébada.
Videos posted on social media on January 8 showed Russian PMCs escorting PM Ngrébada, who was on a tour in the capital Bangui to inspect the implementation of the curfew declared a day earlier.
President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who was re-elected for a second term last month, ordered a nationwide curfew out of fear from new military escalation by rebel groups.
Russian military specialists and PMCs has been present in the CAR for a while now. Last month, Russia deployed 300 more military instructors to the African country amid the increase of the rebels’ pressure.
The Russian military has been training CAR army personnel at the request of the government. PMCs are, however, protecting senior officials and are reportedly being engaged in clashes with rebels.
According to recent reports, on the night of December 31 to January 1 government forces repelled a large attack by rebels thanks to Russian “instructors”.
The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR said the rebels have not progressed for ten days, with the exception of Bangassou, 750 km east of Bangui. The situation may escalate again soon, however.
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