Russian businessman, owner of the Concord Catering group, Yevgeny Prigozhin officially confirmed that in 2014 he created a group, which later became known as the Wagner PMCs. 

On September 26, Prigozhin answered the question of Russian journalists why he stopped denying his links to the Wagner Group:

“I have been avoiding the blows of many opponents for a long time with one main goal — not to substitute these guys, who are the basis of Russian patriotism. And I won this case in numerous courts, including abroad, because in any case there should always be a place for sports and matches should be won on the opponent’s field,” Prigozhin said.

Prigozhin said that in 2014, “when the genocide of the Russian population in the Donbass began,” and “at the last moment Russia managed to block the arrival of the Ukrainian army in Crimea,” he, along with “many other businessmen,” tried to “recruit a group that would go and protect the Russians.”

“But I realized very quickly that among all these “Cossacks” and other paramilitary comrades, half are scammers, and half of those who took money, hired volunteers and sent them naked, barefoot to real death. Then I flew to one of the polygons and did it myself. I cleaned the old weapons myself, sorted out the bulletproof vests myself and found specialists who could help me with this.

From that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, which later acquired the title of battalion tactical group “Wagner”. It was solely thanks to their courage and bravery that the liberation of the Lugansk airport and many other territories became possible, and the fate of the LPR and the DPR radically changed,” Prigozhin said.

According to him, after that, for eight long years, “every curious journalist and every shameless bastard aired dirty laundry of the Wagner PMC in an attempt to find negative stuff.” At the same time, “these guys are heroes who defended the Syrian people, other peoples of Arab countries, disadvantaged Africans and Latin Americans, have become one of the pillars of our Homeland.”

Today, the Wagner Group is fighting in the fiercest battles on the Ukrainian front lines. PMCs are one of the most combat ready units of Russian-led forces who continue successfully pushing Ukrainians out of their positions in the Donetsk People’s Republic. Prigozhin also came to the front lines to support his fighters. Amid the ongoing mobilization in Russia, a lot of volunteers attempt to join the Wagner Group and take part in the war in Ukraine in its ranks.