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The i newspaper leads on a report alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “top mercenaries are fighting in Sudan”. It says the Wagner mercenary group, which has been involved in heavy fighting in Ukraine, is also operating in Sudan. The report adds that the UK Ministry of Defence is tracking their activities. It comes as thousands of people are fleeing Sudan due to intense fighting between the army and the paramilitary group, Rapid Support Forces. Wagner denies any involvement in the current conflict in the country.