Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing his biggest domestic crisis. Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of Russia's private army Wagner Group, has blown the trumpet of rebellion.
Yevgeny said that he entered Russia with 25,000 soldiers. President Vladimir Putin said the armed uprising by the Wagner chief had disrupted civilian and military services in a major city in southern Russia.
- Yevgeny Prigozhin appears to have sent an armed group to Moscow on Saturday in an unexpected attempt to topple the military leadership. Russian authorities have warned residents to avoid a military convoy along the main road linking southern Ukraine with Moscow.
- In a video posted on Telegram, Prigogine announced that he was inside the army headquarters in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia, and that his fighters had taken control of military sites in the city. Prigozhin has said that his troops have entered Russia from the Ukrainian front and thousands of his fighters are ready to die.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his address to the nation, has admitted that the head of the private army has declared a rebellion and entered the country's main city. At the same time, Putin called the announcement of an armed rebellion by the head of the private army as 'treason'. Also, he has promised to defeat them and protect the people and Russia.
Addressing the nation, Putin said, 'Brother has been pitted against brother. Wagner has betrayed the people of Russia. He has stabbed us in the back. Wagner challenged the Russian army. We have given instructions to the army for retaliatory action. We will punish the terrorists severely, they have committed an unnecessary rebellion.'
- According to the mayor of Moscow, he has announced the start of anti-terrorist activities. The mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, said on social media, 'anti-terrorist measures are being taken to strengthen security in connection with information received in Moscow.'
On the other hand, security has also been increased in Rostov and Lipetsk in southern Russia. Authorities in Rostov have asked all residents not to leave their homes.
- The head of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has been caught in a month-long dispute with the Ministry of Defense, has accused Moscow of launching a deadly missile attack on his group and that the attack was aimed at his army, and he has also promised to take revenge.
- Yevgeny Prigozhin has promised to take all necessary steps to defeat the country's military leadership. And he also said that his army would destroy all the obstacles in its way.
– Prigogine said, 'We are moving forward and we will go to the end.' He asked the Russians to join his army. He also asked the military leadership of Moscow to take action.