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Video Shows Russian PMCs In Libya, Using UAE-Modded Equipment And Not Retreating

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Video Shows Russian PMCs In Libya, Using UAE-Modded Equipment And Not Retreating

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On May 27th, a video was published showing the Russians in Libya, their aircraft, as well as Pantsir-S1 air defense systems.

The Pantsir-S1 is noteworthy, as it is very evidently the UAE variant of the system, as can be seen on the screengrab from the video below. Who it specifically belongs to, and what the glyphs on the side mean comes down to speculation.

Video Shows Russian PMCs In Libya, Using UAE-Modded Equipment And Not Retreating

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As such, it would appear that, not only did the Russians not abandon Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), but rather they just arrived.

Naturally, reports immediately surfaced claiming these are troops from the mythical Wagner PMC.

However, a Russian official – Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov said that Russia hasn’t sent any troops to Libya.

Regardless, some claim that they are withdrawing, the video above shows that they’re arriving, but one thing is certain, the propaganda war is on-going in full force.

On the ground, the Government of National Accord (GNA), despite saying that it would not fight the LNA for two days, captured several positions in Tripoli, and there were heavy clashes between the two sides in the south of the city.

There is calm around Misrata, with some occasional small skirmishes, according to the LNA spokesperson.

Brigadier General Ahmed al-Mesmari also said that the LNA was actually successful in Tripoli, despite the GNA actually capturing various neighborhoods.

He also denied that any of the aircraft that carried out the airstrikes in recent days was newly received, and that all of it was old.

There are no Russian combat aircraft in Libya, said Viktor Bondarev, head of the Defense and Security Committee of the Federation Council and former commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, on May 27th.

“If there are planes in Libya, they are not Russian, but Soviet.”

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