Satellite images of a military base southeast of the Belarus capital Minsk indicate that the base for Wagner, the Russian mercenary company, may be winding down operations. The images, provided by Earth imaging company Planet Labs, show the gradual dismantling of tents in the Tsel military base in Mogilev region.
The fate of Wagner’s mercenaries came into question on August 23, when their boss Yevgeny Prigozhin and his top lieutenants died in a plane crash under unexplained circumstances. The recent dismantling of tents at the base suggests a possible decline in the company’s activity.
It is important to note that the exact nature of the changes in the military base cannot be verified at this time. However, the images indicate a noticeable reduction in the number of tents present.
The Wagner group previously made headlines in June when they launched a brief mutiny against the Russian army top brass, which was condemned as treason by President Vladimir Putin. Following the mutiny, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko offered Wagner the opportunity to operate in Belarus, effectively putting an end to the rebellion.
As of now, it remains unclear what this apparent shutdown of the military base means for the future of Wagner and its operations. More information is needed to understand the full implications of these developments.