Russia: Footage allegedly shows crash site of jet carrying Prigozhin
The death of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin spells the end of the mercenary group and could spark an all-out civil war, Ukrainian soldiers told Daily Express US.
A Russian business jet en route from Moscow to St Petersburg and crashed on Wednesday, killing all ten passengers.
According to reports, Wagner Group boss Prigozhin was listed as a passenger and is now dead.
Ukrainian Army Major Vitor Trugebov told Daily Express US that there is no chance Wagner Group will live on.
He said: ‘The problem here is that I cannot perceive Russian official sources as trustable. So there are many options here. It could be staged.
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“If it is not staged, it could be coincidence (highly unlikely) or assassination (very likely). If it’s assassination, it’s like telling to all the Russians ‘this it what happens if you try to move tanks to Moscow.”
“In any case, it is the end of Wagner project”, he added.
Prigozhin, whose private military group Wagner thugs fought alongside Russia’s regular army in Ukraine, mounted a short-lived armed mutiny against Russia’s military leadership in late June.
But now, his death could spark an all-out civil war and yet another coup, according to Ukrainian military surgeon Oleksandre (his last name is being withheld for safety reasons).
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He told Daily Express US: “A coup in Russia cannot be avoided. After some time, Russia will be divided into states. Prigozhin was strongly framed, for which he organised a protest against Putin.
“The Russian public blames Putin and talk about civil war.”
Many Russian military bloggers were already furious with Putin’s war effort and frequently blasted the dictator online.
Now, Prigozhin’s death may have added fuel to the fire.
A Russian military blogger purported to be a Wagner Group member wrote on Telegram: “It is not yet clear whether Hero of Russia Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin was on board, but if he was, then pack your things, and f*** this whole war we DO NOT NEED.”
Russia’s state news agency Tass cited emergency officials as saying that the plane carried three pilots and seven passengers. The authorities said they were investigating the crash, which occurred in the Tver region more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Moscow.
Prigozhin founded Wagner in 2014 and was exiled to Belarus following the attempted mutiny earlier this summer.
He said that his fighters would either retire, follow him there, or join the Russian military.
Yesterday he appeared in his first video address since his failed coup. It suggested he was in Africa, where Wagner is believed to have thousands of fighters stationed.
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