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SEPTEMBER 2020

Turkish-backed Forces Claim That They Killed Russian Private Military Contractor Near Tripoli

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Turkish-backed Forces Claim That They Killed Russian Private Military Contractor Near Tripoli

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Forces of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) claimed that they had killed a Russian military contractor in the area of Salah ad-Din south of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. According to the GNA claims, the supposed Russian fighter had a nickname “Hunguz”. No further details regarding the incident was provided.

The claim came just a few hours after a press conference by the Libyan National Army (LNA) – a rival force to the Turkish-backed government. The LNA provided video evidence of how Turkey supplies military equipment and send militants from Syria (violating the UNSC resolution) to Libya.

Sources close to the LNA described the GNA claims a propaganda stunt and ‘fake news’ using the fact that the Turkish-backed entity revealed very little details regarding the identity of the supposed Russian fighter. However, reports that the killed person was a Ukrainian doctor appeared to be untrue. He (Andrey Kuzmenko) is alive in Turkey.

Earlier, private miltiary contractors from several post-USSR countries, including Ukraine, were spotted operating in Libya.

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