President Alexander Lukashenko warns of Russian attempts to unseat him and sow discord after pushing out most of his political rivals ahead of decisive elections.
New sanctions against individuals and entities related to the Wagner Group, along with forceful statements, signal a new offensive against the private military contractor.
The international community is divided with some supporting the UN-backed government and others backing the warlord Khalifa Haftar.
Washington says it has photographic proof showing that Moscow sent fighter jets to Libya to bolster warlord Haftar's ranks.
US military command for Africa releases pictures of the "fourth generation jet fighters", saying the jets to support Russian Wagner group arrived recently but did not specify when exactly.
Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias have been hit by stinging defeats in the country’s west after the collapse of their siege of Tripoli.
US special envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, said the Libyan conflict could even get more complicated, adding "the Russians are working with Assad to transfer militia fighters, possibly third country, possibly Syrian, to Libya, as well as equipment."
The 57-page report by independent sanctions monitors, submitted to the UN Security Council Libya sanctions committee, said the Russian contractor deployed forces that act as an effective force multiplier for renegade warlord Haftar's militia.
Here’s a quick look into the groups that fuel Khalifa Haftar’s war against the UN-backed government in Tripoli.
Many foreign fighters such as Sudanese Janjaweed militias, Chadian rebel groups, and Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group are used to support warlord Khalifa Haftar's so-called Libyan National Army.
The Wagner Group is Putin's most potent weapon in advancing Russian policy objectives while maintaining plausible deniability.
Described as a Cold War casualty, Russia has been reasserting itself both politically and militarily. Experts argue that Moscow aims to reclaim its old glory.
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