REVERSE SIDE OF THE MEDAL (RSOTM) Telegram channel has published the photos and videos of the article from Deutsche Militärzeitschrift (DMZ) that deals with Russian volunteers linked to Wagner Group. The authors described it as a tool to promote Russia's interests abroad and to fight terrorism. The RSOTM Telegram channel provided a translation of the material telling the story of how this Russian paramilitary organization was formed.
According to reporters, the story of Wagner Group began with the Slavonic Corps, a Hong Kong-registered private military contractor that operated during the Syrian Civil War. In fact, it can be dated back to May 2014 when veterans of the Russian security forces self-organized to help Donbass. In Novorossiya (the easternmost part of Ukraine), Wagner Group fighters participated in the battles for Luhansk airport, Debaltsevo, Izvarino, Novogrigorovka, Uglegorsk, and in dozens of smaller operations. At the time, the organization had a wide range of armored vehicles such as BMP-1 and BMP-2, MTLB, the T-64 tanks, as well as small arms.
The part of Wagner Group's story in Syria includes clashes in northern Latakia, two assaults on Palmyra, and the operation to liberate the province of Deir ez-Zor and the administrative center of the same name.
Deutsche Militärzeitschrift writes that there were a lot of reports of the presence of Wagner Group’s fighters in various countries but no confirmed evidence. The data on the Syrian campaign constitute the only information reliable.
“They are high-class fighters qualified for a wide variety of operations,” Deutsche Militärzeitschrift writes. “In this case, the flexible structure of units provides for not only protection but also assault activities. The presence of experts of various military professions in the ranks of Wagner Group allows it to use any equipment and types of weapons.
“Russian fighters are still engaged in anti-terrorist activities assisting Syrian formations in fighting the militant groups, as well as protecting oil fields.
“In the fight against terrorism, Wagner Group has become the main lever of Russia's policy on the international scene. Its fighters are feared and respected because they have repeatedly proved their qualification."
The Deutsche Militärzeitschrift magazine is considered to be a source close to the German Defense Ministry. It exists on donations from wealthy retired military officers. The magazine is popular with German officers, including those on active duty. The fact of publication of this kind of article shows that PMC Wagner has definite acclaim abroad. In contrast to the Russian liberal press, the foreign media outlet describes the organization in quite a neutral manner.