Make Vladimir Putin’s Wagner Group warlords a banned terrorist organisation, Labor demands

Vladimir Putin’s warlords – the Wagner Group – should be a banned terrorist organisation, the Labor Party is demanding.

The mercenary group is often described as the Russian president’s private death squad and is accused of massacring civilians in Ukraine.


Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper calls for Putin’s warlord group to be formally designated as a terrorist organizationCredit: Reuters

Known for recruiting Nazi thugs and criminals, she has been operating outside the law and fighting in Ukraine since 2014.

But the Russian Ministry of Defense supplies the group with weapons.

If the UK made it a banned terrorist group then it would become a crime to belong to the group, support it or wear its logo in public.

The call comes as the world marked the first anniversary of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “The Wagner Group is responsible for appalling atrocities in Ukraine and around the world.

“No one in the UK should be allowed to belong to, support or promote the group.

“One year after Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, we must hold accountable those responsible for supporting her barbaric agenda.”

The US banned the group last month.