Satellite images of a military base southeast of the Belarus capital Minsk indicate the dismantling of tents in recent weeks, potentially indicating the winding down of the base for Wagner, the Russian mercenary company. The fate of Wagner’s mercenaries has been in doubt since their boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and his top lieutenants were killed in a plane crash on August 23.
Taken on July 25, August 25, and September 9, images of the Tsel military base in the Mogilev region show a gradual dismantling of tents at the camp. However, the nature of these changes has not been verified.
The Wagner group previously launched a brief mutiny against the Russian army’s top brass, an act that was considered treason by President Vladimir Putin. In an effort to end the mutiny, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko invited Wagner to establish operations in his country.
It is unclear what the dismantling of the tents signifies for the future of the Wagner group and their presence in Belarus. Further information on the situation is currently unavailable.