Wagner Group’s mutiny speeds up deployment of Cuban troops in Ukraine

Belarus’ Deputy Defense Minister for International Military Cooperation, Valery Revenko meeting with Cuba’s military attaché in Russia and Belarus, Colonel Mónica Milián Gómez on May 18, 2023

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Tres Fotutos has been saying this for a while: Cuban troops will serve as cannon fodder in Ukraine. This is a done deal, part of Russia’s acquisition of Cuba.

Russia will be paying Cuban soldiers $2,000 per month, with Castro, Inc. taking 75 to 95 percent of that salary. It’s the same kind of deal as the slave doctor program.

Luis Fleischman at The National Interest explains how this unstoppable development has gained momentum as a result of the Wagner Group fiasco.

Abridged below, whole story HERE

Madrid-based Prisoners Defenders, an NGO focused on Cuban human rights, reported that the Cuban and Russian governments signed an agreement in which Cuba would send soldiers to join the war in Ukraine. Such a development raises many important questions.

The Wagner Group’s dramatic failed mutiny displayed something the Kremlin knew long ago: the group, including its leader, Yevgeny Prighozin, has become a problem for Russia, particularly on the Ukrainian front. . .

. . . As Prighozin’s hostility towards the military increased, the Putin regime sought alternatives to Wagner, which became more of a threat than an asset. The Russian Ministry of Defence planned to disband Wagner by July 1.

It is again this background that we can understand Russia’s recruitment of Cuban soldiers.

According to Prisoners Defenders, Russia would pay every soldier $2,000 monthly, but the Cuban government would take 75 to 95 percent of such income. The report also claims that these soldiers have no choice but to join Russian troops. Otherwise, they would be subjected to retaliation and punishment.

This is not the first time Cuban soldiers have been deployed abroad in such a manner; they have been involved in wars in Angola, Ethiopia, Congo, Algeria, Iraq, and Syria. In Africa alone, Cuba is estimated to have lost 5,000 soldiers.

It is reasonable to assume that Cuban casualties will be significantly higher in the current war, as they are likely to have the same status as Wagner’s recruited prisoners.

The Cuban government would benefit economically from such a deal, and the Russians would begin to reduce their dependence on the Wagner Group.

In addition, it would presumably strengthen the alliance between Russia and left-wing Latin American regimes, such as Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela, Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua, and Diaz Cannel’s Cuba, which supported Putin during the Wagner rebellion.

A strategic alliance exists between Russia and illiberal left-wing regimes in Latin America. Russia has also deployed military equipment, troops, and mercenaries to Venezuela, including members of Wagner. It has deployed S-300 air defense systems and provided hundreds of military advisors. Russia has also sent Tupolev Tu-160 nuclear bombers to Venezuela and Nicaragua. In Nicaragua, the Ortega regime authorized 180–230 Russian troops, aircraft, ships, and weapons to operate on its soil. Likewise, Russian troops have been trained in Nicaragua and Venezuela.

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  1. I’m SHOCKED, I tell you! It would be comical if it weren’t so tragic. Russians, of course, have learned nothing, forgotten nothing and regret nothing since Fidel’s excellent Africa adventure–which was NOT about anything other than doing the USSR’s bidding, with the admittedly juicy bonus of being able to claim it was about African liberation. There will be no such bonus now, but Castro, Inc. is more desperate now, and Russia is absolutely going to get its pound of flesh for its “solidarity” with the “revolution.” Lord, the nausea.

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