Russian President Vladimir Putin has met probably the most senior ex-commanders of the Wagner mercenary group, who the Kremlin says now works for the defence ministry.
Andrei Troshev is a former aide of late Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was killed in a aircraft crash in August.
His demise got here two months after Wagner troops briefly marched on Moscow.
President Putin requested Mr Troshev to supervise volunteer fighter items in Ukraine, the Kremlin mentioned.
Addressing Mr Troshev, the president mentioned he may “volunteer units that can perform various combat tasks, above all, of course, in the zone of a special military operation”, in reference to Ukraine.
“You know about the issues that need to be resolved in advance so that the combat work goes in the best and most successful way,” Mr Putin added.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed the RIA information company that Mr Troshev “now works in the defence ministry”.
The assembly comes as Mr Putin makes an attempt to reassert his authority following Wagner’s mutiny in June.
In the area of simply 24 hours, Prigozhin staged an rebellion, sending troops into the southern metropolis of Rostov, then additional on in the direction of Moscow, earlier than retreating. It was the largest problem to Mr Putin’s authority in 20 years.
Natia Seskuria of Royal United Services Institute, a London suppose tank, informed the BBC that the assembly and public reward from Mr Putin is an try to point out “he is in charge of the situation and he controls Prigozhin’s inner circle”.
“The fact that the Kremlin’s spokesperson confirmed that Troshev works for the Russian Ministry of Defence demonstrates that we are in a post-Progozhin era where the MOD is taking a full control of the so-called special military operation in Ukraine,” she mentioned.
The Kremlin “will still be relying on Wagner resources with greater caution”, she added.
Mr Troshev is understood by his alias Sedoi, which implies “the one with grey hair”. He is a well-respected veteran of Russia’s wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
He was awarded the Hero of Russia Award for his position in supporting authorities forces in Syria in 2015 and 2016 as Wagner commander.
Prigozhin and 9 others had been killed within the crash close to Moscow on 23 August.
The Wagner boss was described by many as a “dead man walking” after the failed mutiny.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement.
On Thursday, Moscow introduced a 68% improve in its defence funds because the Ukraine warfare grinds on.
The army funds will attain 10.8 trillion rubles (£90bn) in 2024 – which is 6% of GDP.