The head of Russia’s private military Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, posted his first video speech since leading a short-lived insurgency in late June, appearing in a clip, possibly filmed in Africa, on his Telegram channel on Monday.
Prigozhin was shown standing in a desert area, dressed in camouflage uniform, with a rifle in his hand.
“The temperature is more than 50 and things are going the way we would like,” Prigozhin says in the video.
“Wagner makes Russia greater on all continents and Africa freer… We’re working to achieve justice and happiness for the African people, we are making life a nightmare for the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and other bandits”.
He said Wagner was recruiting people and would accomplish set tasks.