Refrain from travelling around city, Mayor Sobyanin tells people as Wagner Group forces move towards Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin in a frame. [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

At a time when the leader of the Wagner mercenary group threatened to “go all the way” to overthrow the Russia’s military leadership, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin expressed concern about the challenging state of affairs in the capital.

He informed the public that the Wagner mercenary group was advancing towards Moscow with the intention to remove Russia’s military leadership.

Sobyanin urged residents to minimize their travel within the city and cautioned about potential road closures. Additionally, he declared Monday as a “non-working” day.

Earlier on Saturday, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, began his speech to the country on television after Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Russian mercenary army, issued a warning that Russia should dismiss the Defence Ministry’s leadership due to its alleged inefficiency.

“What we are facing is precisely treachery… excessive ambitions and personal interests led to treason (against) their country and people, and to the cause for which Wagner fighters and commanders fought and died side by side with our other units and divisions,” Putin said in a televised address to the nation.
“Those who organised a military mutiny… who took up arms against their comrades… betrayed Russia and will answer for it. This is a blow to Russia… our people. Our actions to protect the fatherland from such a threat will be harsh.

He referred to the mercenary chief’s violent insurrection as “betrayal” and pledged to “defend the people” and Russia.

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