The United States is designating Russia's Wagner Group as an international criminal organisation. The White House says about 50,000 of its mercenaries are fighting in Ukraine, led by notorious Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin. Now officials say there's evidence Wagner accepted a shipment of arms from North Korea, a sign of the group's expanding role in the conflict.
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Russian forces have invaded Ukraine from land, air and sea with strikes causing widespread damage. Global leaders have condemned the move and imposed sanctions.
Russia has been hit by global sanctions following President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine.