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U.K. Will Declare Wagner Group a Terrorist Organization

The U.K. announced Wednesday it will declare Russia’s Wagner mercenary group a banned terrorist organization, saying it remains a threat to global security even after the death of leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

The government said an order will be introduced in Parliament to proscribe the group under the Terrorism Act. The designation, once approved by lawmakers, will bar membership in or support for Wagner, which has played a major fighting role during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It also has operated in Syria and several African nations.

In an unprecedented move sanctioned by the United Kingdom Parliament, assets of the Wagner group will be classified as terrorist property, granting authorities the power to seize them. This decision emerged in lieu of the violence and destruction perpetuated by Wagner, an entity deemed as a military tool whose activities are under the direct influence of Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin.

The actions engaged by Wagner, especially within the territories of Ukraine and Africa, have been condemned widely as threats to global peace and security. Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, provided an incisive remark as she highlighted the group’s role in destabilizing international borders to lend aid to the Kremlin’s political agenda. She unequivocally declared them as terrorists, and the proscription order officially recognizes them as such in the UK legalities.

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