Wagner Group leader explains what Lukashenko offered him
Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner Group leader, made his first public statement after the failed rebellion. In it, he reported on the offer received from Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
Source: Prigozhin on Telegram
Quote: “Lukashenko extended his hand and offered to find solutions for the further work of Wagner Private Military Company in a legal jurisdiction.”
Details: According to the chief of Wagner, Lukashenko turned to him with this proposal after Prigozhin decided to “stop the march to Moscow” in order “not to spill Russian blood”.
- On the evening of 23 June, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed that the regular Russian army had launched a missile strike on the Wagner mercenaries’ rear camps. He therefore deployed 25,000 of his mercenaries “to restore justice”.
- On the morning of 24 June, Prigozhin claimed that his forces had taken control of military facilities in Rostov-on-Don, and seized military facilities in the Russian city of Voronezh – and were headed “to Moscow” – and the capital of the Russian Federation was already preparing for defence.
- In an emergency address, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was “fighting for survival” and that attempts were being made to “organise a rebellion” in the country. Ukrainian intelligence had information that Putin had urgently left Moscow for his residence in Valdai.
- On Saturday evening, after a conversation with self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Prigozhin announced that his mercenaries were turning their convoys around and going back to set up field camps. Later, it was reported that the criminal case against Prigozhi thn is to be closed and he will “go to Belarus”.
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