The U.S. Army’s African Command showed satellite images of Russian military equipment in Libya on its Twitter account. The department claims that the photos prove Moscow’s supply of Wagner’s private military company (PMC).
In particular, it is alleged that the images show the positions of Russian specialists in Sirte and Al-Khadim air base near Benghazi, where tiger armored vehicles, Panzer-S1 armored vehicles, Il-76 military transport aircraft, and Su-24 bombers are seen.” Russia continues to play a useless role in Libya by supplying materials and equipment to the Wagner Group,” the statement said.
Earlier in July, the U.S. Army African Command reported that Russian mercenaries from the Wagner CVC were mining areas of the Libyan capital Tripoli. It was noted that mercenaries were acting in violation of the arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent civilians. The Pentagon also noted that Russia has an opportunity to help de-escalate the conflict in Libya, but it does not want to do so.
In Libya, the confrontation continues between the Government of National Accord (PNC) of Faiz Sarraj, which controls Tripoli and territories in the west of the country and is supported by Turkey, and the Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, supported by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE – the latter, according to some reports, supplied the army with equipment, including those purchased from Russia.