The Wagner mercenary group, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, has presented a significant challenge to Russia by taking control of military sites in Rostov-on-Don, including an aerodrome. This development has raised concerns about a rebellion against Moscow’s military leadership. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the nation soon in response to this situation.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, declared on Saturday that he and his fighters have successfully infiltrated the army headquarters in Rostov-on-Don and seized control of key military installations. Prigozhin’s aim is to target Ukrainian forces instead of his own group during Russian airstrikes.
In response to Prigozhin’s actions, Russia has declared an “anti-terrorist operation regime” in Moscow and the Moscow region. The Kremlin has also stated that President Vladimir Putin will soon address the nation regarding this crisis. The Russian army has assured that it will guarantee the safety of Wagner fighters if they cease their rebellion.
Prigozhin’s Claims and the Federal Security Service’s Response
Prigozhin has made several claims, including the shooting down of a Russian military helicopter by his forces. He has expressed his willingness to sacrifice his troops to overthrow Russia’s military leadership. However, the Federal Security Service has characterized Prigozhin’s statements and actions as a call to initiate an armed civil conflict within Russian territory.
Public Safety Measures
Following Prigozhin’s assertions about entering the southern border region, authorities in Rostov have urged residents to stay at home for their safety. The situation remains tense as the claims made by Prigozhin have yet to be independently verified.
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