As shocking news emerges, reports indicate that Belarus has initiated the large-scale construction of camps to house fighters from Wagner PMC, a private military company reportedly owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian business tycoon. At least one such camp, with an estimated capacity of eight thousand personnel, is being built approximately 200 km away from the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.
Relatives of the mercenaries, commonly known as 'Wagnerites,' corroborate these reports, confirming that these militants are being relocated from near Rostov, Russia, towards Belarus. The intended campsite is said to be located in the Mogilev region of Belarus, close to the town of Osipovichi, and will cover an area exceeding 24,000 square metres.
A conflict has been brewing between Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Russian Ministry of Defence, culminating in Prigozhin's proclamation of marching on Rostov to "deal with the lawlessness in the army". Following the alleged capture of Rostov, he demanded the handover of Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov. Yet, later on, he declared the retraction of his forces to field camps, possibly due to the intervention of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
According to media sources, as part of the negotiated agreement, Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenaries are now heading to Belarus, leaving behind those who wish to join the Russian Ministry of Defence. The implications of these latest developments could be significant for the regional geopolitics, warranting close observation.