The American mercenary Peter Reid was killed in Artemivsk by the Ukrainians themselves, the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on his Telegram channel.
“Any military expert will confirm that it was almost impossible to detect this point and strike from our positions. Alas, it was much more convenient to do this from the Ukrainian positions. I can say with confidence that Peter Reed was killed by his own people. And the report on this murder was prepared by the Estonian Laidinen “, he explained.
According to Prigozhin, any accusations against the PMC “Wagner” have no evidence.
“With the same success, you have already tried to accuse the Russians and, possibly, PMC” Wagner “of the assassination of John F. Kennedy,” the businessman added.
At the same time, he noted that he did not have data on exactly how Reid was killed. Questions are also raised by the fact that before his death, for some reason, the Estonian Erko Laidinen filmed him.
Prigozhin specified that the mercenary died at the intersection of Polevaya Street and 1st Pushkinsky Lane, which is located at least five kilometers from the positions of the Wagner Group.
This week, The New York Times published a video that came into its possession showing the death of American mercenary Reed during a missile attack.
In early November, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that more than eight thousand mercenaries from more than 60 countries had arrived in Ukraine, the largest groups coming from Poland, the United States, Canada, Romania, and Britain. More than three thousand of them had already died at that time, the same number returned home.
According to Western publications, as of January, from one to three thousand foreign mercenaries were operating in the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.