Russia VIDEOs: Russian mercenary forces headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin took control of a southwestern Russian city as part of a possible attempt to march on Moscow. Putin Calls Wagner Occupation of Rostov-on-Don 'Armed Mutiny'.
Wagner Boss says invasion of Ukraine is based on LIES as he condemns Military leaders By The Sun, June 24, 2023
Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Friday (June 23) that the official Kremlin-backed version of why Moscow started its "special military operation" against Ukraine was based on lies concocted by his perennial adversary - the army's top brass. Prigozhin has for months been accusing Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russia's top general, Valery Gerasimov, of rank incompetence, but on Friday he for the first time rejected Russia's core justifications for beginning its military intervention in Ukraine on Feb. 24 last year....The Defence Ministry is trying to deceive society and the president and tell us a story about how there was crazy aggression from Ukraine and that they were planning to attack us with the whole of NATO," Prigozhin said in a video clip released on Telegram by his press service, calling the official version "a beautiful story.""The special operation was started for different reasons," he said. "The war was needed ... so that Shoigu could become a marshal ... so that he could get a second 'Hero' [of Russia] medal. The war wasn't needed to demilitarise or denazify Ukraine."He also said the conflict had been needed to acquire "material assets" to divide among the ruling elite. Prigozhin portrays his Wagner private militia, which spearheaded the capture of the city of Bakhmut last month, as Russia's most effective fighting force, and has enjoyed unusual freedom to publicly criticise Moscow, albeit not President Vladimir Putin, on whose support he ultimately depends.
Wagner Group mercenaries patrol streets of Russian Rostov-on-Don in anti-Putin 'coup' By The Sun, June 24, 2023
Wagner chief Prigozhin announces 'we're going to Moscow' as attempted take over continues By The Sun, June 24, 2023
Wagner Group mercenaries seize Russia’s war HQ in Rostov-on-Don 'coup' against Putin By The Sun, June 24, 2023
Putin accuses Wagner Group of TREASON after mercenaries 'coup' and vows to march on Moscow By The Sun, June 24, 2023
Wagner mercery force chief hits back at Putin: 'Nobody will turn themselves in' By The Sun, June 24, 2023
Explosion in Voronezh as governor reports oil depot blaze By Sky News, June 24 2023
Flames soared into the air after a huge explosion in the Voronezh region. Separately, its governor said more than 100 firefighters are tackling a burning fuel tank at an oil depot. A Russian security source told Reuters this morning that Wagner fighters had taken control of military facilities in Voronezh.
Wagner boss courting Russian army soldiers for coup By Sky News, June 24, 2023
The Wagner chief will "make a play for the loyalty" of Russian army soldiers, according to a defence analyst. Professor Michael Clarke said he is courting them by voicing talking points heard on the front line - that troops feel they are being senselessly thrown into useless attacks.
Rebellion 'the beginning of the end for Putin's regime' says former Russian prime minister By Sky News, June 24, 2023
Mikhail Kasyanov, former Russian prime minister, talks to Sky News about the rebellion unfolding between Vladimir Putin and the Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin after being accused of of 'armed mutiny'.