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Wagner Group Russia Coup Updates: Putin, Lukashenko hold another call after thwarted mutiny

Wagner Group Russia Coup Updates: Months of bitter feud led to Wagner Group chief rebel against Russia's military leadership. Check out updates here
Members of Wagner group look from a military vehicle with the sign read as "Brother" in Rostov-on-Don late on June 24, 2023. (AFP)
Members of Wagner group look from a military vehicle with the sign read as "Brother" in Rostov-on-Don late on June 24, 2023. (AFP)

Wagner Group Russia Coup updates: Wagner Group Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and his heavily armed forces overnight pulled out of Rostov region, where they had taken over Russia's southern military headquarters. The move came after the Wagner group decided to halt approaching Moscow under a deal which defused the challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin....Read More

A deal was brokered by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko which stated that the Wagner group,  a private army of mercenaries that spearheaded much of Russia's offensive in Ukraine, would go back to the base in Ukraine in return for the guarantee of their safety and Prigozhin would move to Belarus. 

Prigozhin had vowed to ‘go all the way’ on Saturday to topple the military leadership in Moscow after he accused the Russian military of launching a deadly strike on his troops. In an audio message, the 62-year-old mercenary leader said that his troops will ‘destroy everything that stands in our way’ and warned Russians against resisting his forces and called on to join him. “This is not a military coup, but a march of justice,” he added. The extraordinary development came as a result of Prigozhin's bitter feud with Moscow's military leadership over the months. 

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June 25, 2023 11:55 PM IST

Wagner revolt shows 'divisions' in Russian camp: Macron

The revolt by Russia's Wagner mercenary group against President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine has revealed "divisions" within the Russian leadership, French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday.

The abandoned march on Moscow "shows the divisions that exist within the Russian camp, and the fragility of both its military and its auxillary forces", Macron told the Provence newspaper, saying "the situation is still developing" and he was "following the events hour by hour".

June 25, 2023 11:44 PM IST

Ukraine's defence minister on Russia turmoil: things 'moving in right direction'

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said he discussed the turmoil in Russia in a phone call with his U.S. counterpart on Sunday, describing the Russian authorities as "weak" and saying things were "moving in the right direction."

In a brief readout of the call with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Reznikov said they also discussed Ukraine's counteroffensive and steps to strengthen Ukraine's armed forces.

"We agree that the Russian authorities are weak and that withdrawing Russian troops from Ukraine is the best choice for the Kremlin," Reznikov wrote on Twitter.

June 25, 2023 10:38 PM IST

Putin-Wagner dispute expose "real crack": Blinken

The dispute between Russia's President and Wagner mercenary exposed the "real crack" in Vladimir Putin's reign, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday.

To a question on whether he knew Wagner will abort his plan, Blinken in an interview with Jonathan Karl for ABC's "This Week" said, "I don't know, and I'm not sure we'll fully know, or it may be something that unfolds in the coming - in the coming days and weeks. We simply don't have a clear picture of that. And this really is fundamentally an internal matter for the Russians. We're seeing it unfold. Again, we saw the rising tensions over several months that led to this. But exactly where this goes, we don't know", according to a statement released by State Department.

"But what we do know is that we've seen real cracks emerge - again, a direct challenge to Putin's authority surfacing very publicly: the notion that this war, this aggression by Russia was being pursued under false pretenses; the notion that Ukraine or NATO somehow presented a threat to Russia that it had to deal with militarily. That's now much more out in the open than it's been. What that leads to, again, we just don't know at this point," he added.

(ANI)

June 25, 2023 10:32 PM IST

US spy agencies detected early signs of Prigozhin plotting Russia revolt: Report

US spy agencies picked up signs days ago that mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was preparing to rise up against Russia's defense establishment, US media reported on Saturday.

Intelligence officials conducted briefings at the White House, the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill about the potential for unrest in nuclear-armed Russia a full day before it unfolded, the Washington Post and New York Times reported.

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June 25, 2023 10:08 PM IST

‘Shame…traitor’: Rostov locals yell at Russian police after Wagner fighters left city

Residents of Russia's southern military district Rostov-on-Don registered their anger at the police as they were making their way to the city after the Wagner mercenary forces left on Saturday night. In a video clip that went viral on social media, people could be heard yelling at the police convoy and calling them ‘traitors’.

The recent development comes after some Rostov residents hailed Wagner fighters as heroes and brought them sweets and water, despite President Vladmir Putin called their ‘armed mutiny’ a ‘stab in the back’ for the country.

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June 25, 2023 9:45 PM IST

Russian mercenaries' short-lived revolt could have long-term consequences for Putin

Russian government troops withdrew from the streets of Moscow and people flocked to parks and cafes Sunday following a short-lived revolt by a mercenary forces that weakened President Vladimir Putin and raised questions about his ability to wage war in Ukraine.

The march on the capital by Wagner troops led by Yevgeny Prigozhin and the late-night deal that eventually halted it severely dented Putin’s reputation as a leader who is willing to ruthlessly punish anyone who challenges his authority. That may open the door for others who are unhappy with Putin’s two-decade grip on power, especially after his ill-fated invasion of Ukraine.

Under terms of the agreement, Prigozhin will go into exile in Belarus but will not face prosecution and his forces won't either. Neither Putin nor Prigozhin have been heard from since the deal, reportedly brokered by Belarussian President Aleksander Lukashenko, was announced Saturday night.

(AP)

June 25, 2023 9:23 PM IST

Lithuania's president Vilnius urges beefed-up NATO if Prigozhin in Belarus

Lithuania's president warned Sunday that if Belarus is to host Wagner mercenary group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin then NATO will need to strengthen its eastern flank.

The head of state, whose Baltic country neighbours both Belarus and Russia and will host next month's NATO summit, spoke after a state security council meeting to discuss Wagner's aborted revolt against the Kremlin.

After Prigozhin called off his troops' advance on Saturday, Moscow said the Wagner chief would leave Russia for Belarus and would not face charges.

(AFP)

June 25, 2023 8:58 PM IST

Russian mercenaries return to bases after challenge to Putin's authority

Heavily armed Russian mercenaries withdrew from the southern Russian city of Rostov overnight under a deal that halted their rapid advance on Moscow but left unanswered questions about President Vladimir Putin's grip on power.

Ending their mutiny, fighters of the Wagner group headed back to their bases in return for guarantees for their safety. Their leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, will move to Belarus under the deal mediated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested the turmoil in Russia might not be over and could take months to play out, while Italy's foreign minister said it had shattered the "myth" of Russian unity. Putin has not made public comments since the deal was struck to de-escalate the crisis.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 8:42 PM IST

Belarus President Lukashenko holds phone call with Russia's Putin

According to Belarusian news agency BELTA, Belarus President Lukashenko had a phone call with Russia's Putin.

June 25, 2023 8:35 PM IST

Wagner group Russia coup live: Wagner halts revolt but Putin seen as weakened

Wagner mercenaries were headed back to base on Sunday after Russia's President Vladimir Putin agreed to allow their leader to avoid treason charges and accept exile in Belarus.

The agreement ended the immediate threat that Yevgeny Prigozhin's private army could storm Moscow, but analysts said Wagner's revolt had exposed Putin's rule as more fragile than had been thought.

"Anti-terror" security measures were still in place in Moscow on Sunday, although fewer police were visible and passers-by said they were unconcerned, despite Prigozhin's exact whereabouts remaining unclear.

(AFP)

June 25, 2023 8:20 PM IST

Belarus strongman sows future peril with Wagner PR success

Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko scored a propaganda victory by brokering the deal which staved off the threat of an internal armed conflict in Russia but he may live to regret an accord that will see his country host the Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, observers say.

In a surprise statement late Saturday, Lukashenko's press service said he had spent all day in negotiations with Prigozhin, with the approval of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Wagner boss had agreed to stop his advance towards Moscow.

The announcement was a boost for Lukashenko, who has ruled a nation that borders three EU states for almost 30 years but has been treated as a pariah by the West since disputed 2020 elections and now also because of his support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

(AFP)

June 25, 2023 8:03 PM IST

In Moscow, mine found laid on the railway tracks near the Ochakovo station

In Moscow, mine was found laid on the railway tracks near the Ochakovo station

June 25, 2023 7:38 PM IST

China says supports Russia in 'protecting national stability': foreign ministry

China says supports Russia in 'protecting national stability': foreign ministry

June 25, 2023 7:25 PM IST

China foreign ministry: China supports Russia in maintaining national stability

China supports Russia in maintaining its national stability, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday, following the recent escalation in tensions in Russia.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 7:13 PM IST

Putin in contact with defense ministry; confident about military operation in Ukraine: TASS

As reported by Russian news agency TASS, Putin has said that he was in constant contact with the defence ministry and that Russia remained confident in realising its plans related to the "special military operation" in Ukraine.

June 25, 2023 7:02 PM IST

Russia News Live updates: Blinken says Russia turmoil could take months to play out

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that the turmoil caused by the unprecedented challenge to the authority of President Vladimir Putin by Wagner fighters may not be over yet and could take weeks or months to play out.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 6:46 PM IST

Wagner Group Russia Live updates | Biden made no efforts to reach out to Putin: Blinken

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Sunday said that US President Joe Biden had made no attempts to reach out to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 6:21 PM IST

Belarus deal to take in Yevgeny Prigozhin puts him in an even more repressive nation

Russian mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was notorious for unbridled and profane challenges to authority even before the attempted rebellion that he mounted Saturday. The reported agreement for him to go into exile in Belarus would place him in a country where such behavior is even less acceptable than in his homeland.

June 25, 2023 5:51 PM IST

Russia News Live updates: What Is Russia’s Wagner Group and Why Was It Accused of Mutiny?

Founded by Prigozhin in 2014, Wagner at its peak had about 50,000 mercenary recruits — many of them ex-prisoners — fighting in Ukraine. The US designated the group as a transnational criminal organization earlier this year, and Wagner has been sanctioned by Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK and the European Union. The group has operated for years on battlefields in the Middle East and Africa, where it’s been accused of committing widespread human rights abuses.

Wagner has murky legal status, and mercenaries are technically illegal in Russia. The group operates independently of the nation’s official armed forces, and recently rebuffed Moscow’s demands that its recruits sign formal contracts with the military.

(Bloomberg)

June 25, 2023 5:45 PM IST

Putin expresses confidence on Ukraine in interview recorded before revolt

Russian state television on Sunday showed Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing confidence in plans for Ukraine in an interview that appeared to have been recorded before Saturday's aborted revolt by the Wagner group of mercenaries.

"We feel confident, and, of course, we are in a position to implement all the plans and tasks ahead of us," Putin said. "This also applies to the country's defence, it applies to the special military operation, it applies to the economy as a whole and its individual areas."

The comments in an interview with Kremlin correspondent Pavel Zarubin were broadcast by Rossiya state television. Zarubin said the interview was done after a meeting with military graduates, in an apparent reference to an event held on Wednesday.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 5:22 PM IST

China reaffirms interest in strengthening cooperation with Russia: Foreign Ministry official

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that China has reaffirmed its interest in strengthening cooperation with Russia.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 5:06 PM IST

Russia News Live updates: Putin to take part in Russia security council meeting next week

President Vladimir Putin will take part in a meeting of Russia's Security Council next week, state television reported on Sunday.

The report by Rossiya 1 television station's Vesti current affairs programme did not say whether the meeting would take place on Friday as normal or be brought forward.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 4:48 PM IST

Belarusian President mediated to avert Russia bloodbath due to his long acquaintance with Wagner head: Kremlin

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko became the mediator and avoided a possible bloodbath by convincing the increasingly isolated Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) founder Yevgeny Prigozhin to give up his command and withdraw to Belarus, reported TASS News Agency.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that the Belarusian President volunteered because he has been acquainted with Prigozhin for about 20 years.

"You will likely ask me why precisely President Lukashenko [became the mediator]? The thing is that Alexander Grigoryevich has known Prigozhin personally for a long time, about 20 years, and this was his personal initiative which was coordinated with President Putin," the Kremlin official said.

(ANI)

June 25, 2023 4:11 PM IST

Wagner Group Latest News Live | ‘Putin will never forgive’: Ex-CNN Moscow bureau chief warns Wagner army chief

Amid the Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin's vow to topple the military leadership in Moscow over its handling of the war and subsequent deal to halt the revolt, former CNN Moscow bureau chief Jill Dougherty said that even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Prigozhin to go to Belarus, but he "doesn't forgive traitors."

In an interview to US-based news channel CNN on Saturday, Dougherty said, "Even though Putin has told Prigozhin to go to Belarus, according to the Kremlin, the Wagner chief remains a 'traitor'."

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June 25, 2023 4:09 PM IST

Timeline: How mercenary revolt has gathered pace in Russia

Mutinous Russian mercenary fighters barrelled towards Moscow on Saturday after seizing a southern city overnight, with Russia's military firing on them from the air but seemingly incapable of slowing their lightning advance.

Here is a timeline of events as they have unfolded over the last 24 hours.

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June 25, 2023 4:00 PM IST

Wagner Group Russia Live updates: Death toll in Russian Saturday attack on Kyiv rises to five: mayor

The death toll of a Russian air attack on Kyiv in the early hours of Saturday rose to five, the city's mayor said the following day, after two more people were found under the rubble.

"Rescuers found the bodies of two more victims under the rubble in (Kyiv's) Solomyan district," mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram. "In total, five people died in the house hit by fragments of a Russian rocket."

(AFP)

June 25, 2023 3:52 PM IST

Wagner fighters leave Lipetsk region in southern Russia: official

Wagner fighters have left the Lipetsk region in southern Russia, the regional government said on Sunday, following a deal to end a rebellion by the mercenary group.

"Wagner units that had deployed on Saturday in the Lipetsk region have now left the region," regional authorities said on social media.

(AFP)

June 25, 2023 3:28 PM IST

Wagner group Russia coup live: North Korea expresses support for Moscow over mutiny

North Korea offered its full support for Russia in dealing with a recent mutiny, state media reported Sunday.

At a meeting with the Russian ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora, North Korea's vice foreign minister Im Chon Il "expressed firm belief that the recent armed rebellion in Russia would be successfully put down", the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Heavily armed Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group pulled back after advancing most of the way to Moscow this weekend, easing Russia's most serious security crisis in decades.

(AFP)

June 25, 2023 3:19 PM IST

Russia News Live updates: Chinese Foreign Minister Meets Russian Official in Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko in Beijing on Sunday, a day after Moscow defused the biggest threat to President Vladimir Putin’s rule on his country.

Qin and Rudenko exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement, without offering more details.

In a TV broadcast to the nation on Saturday, Putin accused Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin of “treason” in a drama that saw the mercenary leader take convoys of his fighters to within hours of the capital Moscow virtually unchallenged.

(Bloomberg)

June 25, 2023 3:04 PM IST

Russian diplomat flies to Beijing as Putin faces heat at home

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko flew to Beijing for talks with China on "international" issues, amid a major challenge by Russian mercenaries to President Vladimir Putin's grip on power.

Rudenko on Sunday exchanged views with China's Foreign Minister Qin Gang in a meeting in the Chinese capital on Sunday on Sino-Russian relations as well as "international and regional issues of common concern", China's foreign ministry said in a one-line statement on its website.

It was unclear when Rudenko arrived in Beijing, or whether his visit to China, a key ally of Russia, was in response to the apparent rebellion by heavily armed mercenaries on Friday.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 2:56 PM IST

Road Blocks on Highways Toward Moscow Are Removed

All blockages on the roads leading to Moscow are being removed, the Moscow administration reported, citing the Federal Road Agency. Monday still remains a non-working day for most Muscovites.

(Bloomberg)

June 25, 2023 2:44 PM IST

Chechen 'Akhmat' special forces pulling out of Russia's Rostov region: TASS cites Akhmat officer

Chechen 'Akhmat' special forces pulling out of Russia's Rostov region, said TASS citing Akhmat officer. 

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 2:13 PM IST

All transport restrictions lifted in Russia's Rostov region -agencies

All transport restrictions in Russia's Rostov region have been lifted, including those on highways, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday, citing local officials.

"Bus and railway stations are working in normal mode. Tickets are on sale, all destinations are on schedule," Sergey Tyurin, deputy minister of regional policy and mass communications for the Rostov region was quoted as saying.

(Reuters)

June 25, 2023 1:36 PM IST

Putin survives Wagner revolt but forced to cut deal

The leader of the Russian mercenary group Wagner has agreed to go into exile in Belarus, the Kremlin said, after President Vladimir Putin was forced to accept an amnesty deal to halt a mutiny.

The agreement appears to end the immediate threat that Yevgeny Prigozhin's private army could storm Moscow, but analysts said Wagner's revolt had exposed a fragility in Putin's rule.

Security measures imposed under an "anti-terrorism operation" were still in place in Moscow on Sunday, and Prigozhin's exact whereabouts were unclear, but his troops had left a military headquarters they had seized in southern Russia.

June 25, 2023 1:22 PM IST

Russian mercenary leader's exile ends revolt but leaves questions about Putin's power

The greatest challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his more than two decades in power fizzled out after the rebellious mercenary commander who ordered his troops to march on Moscow abruptly reached a deal with the Kremlin to go into exile and sounded the retreat.

The brief revolt, though, exposed vulnerabilities among Russian government forces, with Wagner Group soldiers under the command of Yevgeny Prigozhin able to move unimpeded into the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and advance hundreds of kilometers (miles) toward Moscow. The Russian military scrambled to defend Russia's capital.

June 25, 2023 1:17 PM IST

Italy now sees weakened Russia on Ukraine front

Wagner Group mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin halted his dramatic advance toward Moscow and pulled his fighters back, defusing what had become the biggest threat to President Vladimir Putin’s grip on Russia in his almost quarter-century rule.

As part of a deal to end the uprising Putin had personally guaranteed that Prigozhin would be allowed to leave for neighboring Belarus and authorities would drop criminal mutiny charges against him and his fighters. There was no immediate confirmation from Prigozhin of the pact.

June 25, 2023 12:41 PM IST

Moscow security measures still in place after Wagner mutiny

An "anti-terrorist operation regime" was still in force in Moscow on Sunday, a day after mutinous Wagner mercenaries threatened to storm the Russian capital, in a dramatic security crisis for President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin announced Saturday that Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin who led the rebellion will be sent to Belarus after mediation by Minsk leader Alexander Lukashenko.

June 25, 2023 12:11 PM IST

Kremlin says it gave Prigozhin deal to end mutiny

Wagner mercenary group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin dramatically halted his advance toward Moscow and ordered his fighters to return to their bases, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed. He’ll go to neighboring Belarus as part of a deal to end the mutiny without him facing prosecution, the Kremlin said, though there was no immediate word from Prigozhin.

Prigozhin, once an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has become a fierce critic of the Russian military for its failures during Moscow’s war on Ukraine. His advance toward the capital triggered the biggest crisis for Putin since he invaded Ukraine last year, and a significant challenge to his decades-long leadership.

June 25, 2023 11:40 AM IST

Russia's Rostov-on-Don calm after Prigozhin leaves - RIA

The situation around the headquarters of Russia's Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don was calm and street traffic resumed, RIA state news agency said on Sunday after Yevgeny Prigozhin and his mercenaries left the city.

In a video on the agency's Telegram messaging app, which it said was taken in the city of Rostov-on-Don, a man was sweeping a street and cars were moving along another street.

June 25, 2023 11:26 AM IST

Russia urges Moscow residents to avoid key highway until 0700 GMT

Russia's Federal Road Agency urged residents of the Moscow region on Sunday to refrain from travelling along the M-4 "Don" major expressway until 10 a.m. (0700 GMT).

The agency had said earlier in the day on the Telegram messaging app, in a post now deleted, that traffic restrictions on the highway in the Moscow and Tula regions remained.

June 25, 2023 10:59 AM IST

What Wagner’s aborted rebellion means

The dramatic events overnight in Russia have sent shockwaves far beyond the theater of war in Ukraine and Russia. Here’s what you need to know about the aborted Wagner mercenary rebellion and what it could mean, as well as the events coming up this week in Asia.

The big turnaround. Wagner mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin halted his advance toward Moscow and pulled his fighters back, defusing what had become the biggest threat to Vladimir Putin’s grip on Russia in his almost quarter-century rule.

June 25, 2023 10:44 AM IST

Highway restrictions in place in Russia's Moscow and Tula regions

Traffic restrictions remained on the M-4 "Don" major expressway in the Moscow and Tula regions on Sunday, the Federal Road Agency said on the Telegram messaging app.

"According to earlier decisions made in the regions, the restriction of traffic along the M-4 'Don' (highway) in the Tula and Moscow regions remains in place," the agency said.

Heavily armed Russian mercenaries who had advanced most of the way to Moscow on Saturday then halted their approach, de-escalating a major challenge to President Vladimir Putin's grip on power, in a move their leader said would avoid bloodshed.

June 25, 2023 10:14 AM IST

'Putin doesn't forgive traitors,' says former CNN Moscow bureau chief

According to former CNN Moscow bureau chief Jill Dougherty, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that he 'doesn't forgive traitors', CNN reported.

As per the report, despite instructing Yevgeny Prigozhin to travel to Belarus, as reported by the Kremlin, the leader of the Wagner Group is still considered a "traitor," Dougherty revealed during an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Saturday.

June 25, 2023 10:09 AM IST

Kazakh president to host emergency Security Council meeting

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will hold an emergency meeting of his Security Council on Sunday, his office has said, hours after he called for "law and order" in Russia, reports CNN.

June 25, 2023 10:06 AM IST

Wagner's personnel soar from 6,000 in 2017 to over 50,000 in 2023

The Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organization, has experienced a significant expansion in its personnel over the years. In 2017, it was estimated to have approximately 6,000 members.

However, by 2023, the group has seen a substantial increase, with their numbers surpassing 50,000. This notable growth underscores the evolving role and influence of the Wagner Group in contemporary conflicts and security dynamics.

June 25, 2023 9:58 AM IST

People in Rostov yell 'shame' and 'traitors' at police who came in to the city after Wagner forces left.

People in Rostov yell 'shame' and 'traitors' at police who came in to the city after Wagner forces left, tweeted @spectatorindex

June 25, 2023 9:39 AM IST

Russian mercenary group revolt against Moscow fizzles but exposes vulnerabilities

The greatest challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his more than two decades in power fizzled out after the rebellious mercenary commander who ordered his troops to march on Moscow abruptly reached a deal with the Kremlin to go into exile and sounded the retreat.

The brief revolt, though, exposed vulnerabilities among Russian government forces, with Wagner Group soldiers under the command of Yevgeny Prigozhin able to move unimpeded into the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and advance hundreds of kilometers (miles) toward Moscow. The Russian military scrambled to defend Russia's capital.

June 25, 2023 9:33 AM IST

Russia back in investors' focus after weekend mutiny

Some investors were watching for ripple effects from an aborted mutiny in Russia on Saturday, expecting a move into safe havens such as U.S. government bonds and the dollar when markets open later on Sunday.

Heavily armed Russian mercenaries led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a former ally of President Vladimir Putin and founder of the Wagner army, advanced most of the way to Moscow after capturing the city of Rostov, but then halted their approach, de-escalating a major challenge. On Saturday night, they began withdrawing from the Rostov military headquarters they had seized, a Reuters witness said.

June 25, 2023 8:43 AM IST

Recap: US spy agencies detected early signs of Prigozhin plotting Russia revolt: Report

US spy agencies picked up signs days ago that mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was preparing to rise up against Russia's defense establishment, US media reported on Saturday. Read more

June 25, 2023 8:08 AM IST

Russian MT-LB hit by artillery near Ukraine's Staromaiorske 

Outside of Staromaiorske, on the Velyka Novosilka axis, Ukrainian forces hit a Russian MT-LB, causing a catastrophic detonation of the ammunition it was carrying, tweeted OSINTtechnical.