Putin’s mercenary group Wagner goes rogue, vows to topple Russian military leaders

Members of the 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade of the Russian Airborne Forces. [Photo: Wikimedia]

After being accused of “armed rebellion” by the Kremlin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group in Russia has threatened to “go all the way” to overthrow the country’s military leadership.

Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed that his Wagner fighters had entered Rostov-on-Don after crossing the border from Ukraine into Russia.Anyone who stood in their way would be destroyed, according to Prigozhin.

The local governor advised residents to maintain calm and stay indoors.According to Prigozhin, a Russian military helicopter that “opened fire on a civilian convoy” was shot down by his men.

He did not provide a place, therefore the claim could not be confirmed right away.Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to deliver a national address in 5 minutes, according to Russian state media.

Meanhwile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to deliver a national address shortly, according to Russian state media.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has urged Wagner Group private military company soldiers to cease their armed insurrection, urging them to return to their bases.

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry claimed that members of the PMC “have been tricked into taking part in [Wagner group chief Evgeny] Prigozhin’s criminal gamble,” adding that some Wagner fighters “have already understood their mistake”and have asked the authorities for help in safely returning to their permanent deployment areas.

“This assistance has already been provided to those soldiers and commanders who sought it,” the ministry stated, asking Wagner members to “show prudence and get in touch withrepresentatives of the Russian Defense Ministry of law enforcement agencies as soon as possible.”“We guarantee everyone’s safety,” the statement said.

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