No clear loser after Prigozhin mutiny, says Ukrainian journalist

According to Denys Kazansky, after the mutiny of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the status quo between the two factions surrounded by Vladimir Putin was restored

According to Denys Kazansky, after the mutiny of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the status quo between the two factions surrounded by Vladimir Putin was restored

Nobody lost in the Wagner PMC mutiny led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, and the conflict between the two big power blocs around Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will continue, Ukrainian journalist and blogger Denis Kazanskyi said in an interview with Radio NV on June 30.

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He pointed out that Prigozhin was still at large after the mutiny, although he killed a number of Russian servicemen, including highly trained helicopter pilots.

“Yesterday it was reported that he was walking around freely in St. Petersburg,” Kazanskyi said.

The reporter said it’s unclear what the Wagner PMC chief will do next.

“In fact, there was a coup attempt, two large groups that are in Putin’s entourage clashed, and no one lost,” Kazanskyi said.

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“That is to say, the status quo has in fact returned. The first and the second have remained free and no one has been killed or imprisoned. There will probably be a sequel. It cannot end with Nothing.

Prigozhin announced the start of an armed conflict with the Russian Ministry of Defense on the evening of June 23, claiming to want to “restore justice” in Russia.

He said that the Russian army hit the “rear camp” of the mercenaries. However, the conflict between Prigozhin and Shoigu had started months earlier.

For several months, the Wagnerian leader has been calling for the resignation of the Russian Defense Minister, accusing him of mismanagement of the Russian armed forces and of not providing enough ammunition to the Wagnerian forces.

The next day, Wagner’s forces took control of the main military installations in the cities of Rostov-on-Don and Voronezh. They also shot down seven Russian Air Force planes.

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Prigozhin then demanded meetings with senior Russian military leaders and threatened to “advance towards Moscow” in a video address filmed in Rostov-on-Don.

Putin, in turn, posted a video address saying that the Russian armed forces had ordered to eliminate those who led the “rebellion”.

The Wagner convoys nevertheless headed for Moscow in a “march for justice”, as Prigozhin calls it.

The FSB accused Prigozhin of “inciting an insurgency” as security forces prepared to defend Moscow. Putin is believed to have fled the capital to his residence in Valdai, northwest of Moscow.

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Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko held talks with Prigozhin as his mercenaries closed in on Moscow, Lukashenko’s press office said, culminating in a deal in which Prigozhin agreed to halt his forces’ advance on the capital Russian – in exchange for the dropping of charges and changes to the Russian ministry. of the defense.

Soon after, Prigozhin ordered Wagner’s mercenaries to turn back from Moscow and return to their battle positions.

On June 27, Lukashenko confirmed that Prigozhin was already in Belarus.

On June 29, Russian media outlet Fontanka reported that Prigozhin may be in St. Petersburg, saying a person resembling Wagner’s chef was seen wearing a medical mask at the English Pier heliport in St. Petersburg. This person then flew away in a helicopter belonging to a company associated with Prigozhin.

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