Center For Russian Studies located in Ankara has posted a video on Twitter. According to it, allegedly, there were the fighters of Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organization. The Russians were accused of “laying of mines” in Tripoli, the western capital of Libya. According to the center, the video was made when the war in Tripoli had just started.
The Center For Russian Studies has sent the video file of very poor quality to the UN calling it the proof of war crime. It is noteworthy that when watching the video, it is completely unclear who exactly was caught by the cameras. However, no evidence was provided to the allegations.
Remarkably, due to video processing it difficult to see what exactly was happening. The screen is almost half covered with a watermark in the form of the Libyan flag. This does not make it possible either to see the picture in full or to identify the location. Therefore, it is hard to say for sure that the video was filmed in the city of Tripoli or that it depicts some specific people.
The rest of it shows a high brick fence with barbed wire. Probably, there were one-story buildings under construction or abandoned ones behind it. There were only two figures moving along the wall the lower right corner.
The bad quality of the video does not make it possible to determine their gender, nationality or affiliation to any organizations including Wagner Group. Possibly, the Center For Russian Studies is trying to bring discredit on Russia by pass the locals off as contractors. It should be recalled that Ankara pursues its own goals in Libya.
Recall that Turkey sends foreign mercenary army, its own military personnel, employees of the SADAT PMC, as well as ammunition and military equipment in support of the Government of National Accord (GNA.) Such actions violate the UN Security Council ban on arms supplies to the North African state.
In addition, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed an agreement with Fayez al-Sarraj, the Prime Minister of the Libyan GNA, on cooperation in the field of arms and security. Under this agreement, an air bridge between the two countries was opened. This decision was made in response to the beginning of the EU IRINI naval operation.
The mission monitors security in the Mediterranean and blocks smuggling. With the resumption of air links, Ankara evades the UN arms embargo and systematically transfers ammunition and jihadists to the areas controlled by GNA.