Migrants, increased departures from Libya and the ‘Wagner plan’: the scenario

Sources Tripoli to Adnkronos: “Instrument for blackmailing the West and Italy in particular”

The departures of migrants from the eastern coast of Libya “are increasing”with the militiamen of the Wagner group allied with General Khalifa Haftar in Cyrenaica who use the flows towards Europe as “a tool for blackmail the West in general and Italy in particular” Sources in Tripoli tell Adnkronos, confirming our country’s alarm over the increase in the number of migrants arriving from areas under the control of the group founded by the oligarch close to the Kremlin, Evgeny Prigozhin, as part of the war hybrid driven from Moscow.

Hybrid war which includes the continuous destabilization of Libya, so much so that even in recent days it has rejected at the United Nations Security Council the peace initiative of the UN envoy, Abdoulaye Bathily, which aims at the approval of a roadmap and the electoral law by June, to then get to the vote by the end of the year.

The same sources in Tripoli recall that in Libya there are reportedly between one thousand and two thousand mercenaries of Wagner, for the most part deployed between the Jufra air base, in the central part of the country, and Sirte. The Russian mercenaries have 9 Mig-29s at their disposal, the same sources report, emphasizing that in the last year. after the war in Ukraine, their numbers have significantly decreased. “Until a year ago there were talks of about five thousand men – the sources report, admitting that there have never been any official figures relating to their presence – but in recent months most of them have been recalled to be redeployed in Ukraine”.

In the Libyan capital, the alarm raised in Italy on the imminent departure of 685 thousand migrants from the coasts of the North African country is circumscribed: “That number refers to the foreigners present in Libya, but it is not said that they are all ready to leave to land on the Italian coasts “.