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Alleged Wagner Group fighters accused of murdering civilians in Ukraine

By Lorenzo Tondo and Isobel Koshiw in Kyiv, Emma Graham-Harrison and Pjotr Sauer

25 May 2022 · 4 min read

Two alleged Wagner Group fighters from Belarus have been accused of murdering civilians near Kyiv, making them the first international mercenaries to face war crimes charges in Ukraine.

Ukrainian prosecutors late on Tuesday released the names and photographs of eight men wanted for alleged war crimes – including murder and torture – in the village of Motyzhyn. Several are believed to have fought in Syria.

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