Former Donetsk militant leader Girkin refuses to fight in Wagner Group after Prigozhin's threats

Igor Girkin (Strelkov), the former leader of Donetsk militants, has refused to take part in the war against Ukraine as part of the Wagner Group private military company (PMC).

Source: Girkin on Telegram

Details: The terrorist noted that he discussed a possible meeting at which they could agree on his participation in the war as part of the Wagner Group PMC on Friday and even promised to "come to Luhansk for a personal conversation" within two days.

"However, Mr Prigozhin's last public speech [Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group PMC - ed.], in which a stream of the most blatant lies was uttered against me, completely rules out my participation in this PMC. I will not be able to serve under the leadership of a person who directly accused me of treason against Russia. Not to mention the dirty insults that accompanied these accusations. That's it," Girkin said.

In an address to Girkin that was published on the Internet, Prigozhin accuses the ex-leader of the militants of "surrendering Sloviansk", "taking money from Akhmetov"[Rinat Akhmetov is Ukraine's richest businessman - ed.] and "abandoning boys," and repeatedly insults him and threatens to throw him into the hottest hell, where he will have to prove his reliability, and also threatens to "pee on his face" if he tries to flee the battlefield.

Background: On 26 January, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group PMC, invited Igor Girkin (Strelkov) to join his troops in Ukraine [DPR is the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic" – ed.]. In response, Strelkov offered to discuss the proposal.

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