With the Wagner group and private mercenary group claiming to have seized key military sites in two Russian cities, the Kremlin was forced to deploy heavily armed troops to the streets of Moscow and warn residents to stay indoors.

But the face-off never came.

Wagner Group boss

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner Group boss, releases a video stepping up his feud with Russia’s military top brass and for the first time rejects Vladimir Putin’s main justification for invading Ukraine. For a brief and chaotic 36 hours, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power appeared to be under serious threat, as thousands of Wagner fighters led by warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin closed in on the country’s capital.

Who is Yevgeny Prigozhin?

Mr. Prigozhin has risen from a businessman known as President Vladimir V. Putin’s “chef” to a symbol of wartime Russia, controlling a private army operating from Ukraine to Central African Republic. Prigozhin is sometimes called “Putin’s chef“, as he owns restaurants and catering companies that provide services for the Kremlin.

Yevgeny V. Prigozhin became rich through his personal ties to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, winning lucrative catering and construction contracts with the Russian government while building a mercenary force known as Wagner and became Wagner group boss once he confirmed that he is the founder of wagner group in 2022, after he denied his link with the group all the years .

Once a convict in the Soviet Union, Prigozhin now controls a network of influential companies, including the Russian state-backed mercenary company Wagner Group and three companies accused of interference in the 2016 and 2018 US elections.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he threw his fighters into the fray, as their ranks swelled with prisoner recruits. In recent months, Mr. Prigozhin (pronounced pree-GOH-zhin) has also emerged as a public power player, using social media to turn tough talk and brutality into his personal brand. At the same time, though, he began launching accusations at Russia’s military leadership, blaming it for failing to provide his forces with enough ammunition and ignoring soldiers’ struggles.

How revolt led by ‘Wagner Group’ chief unfolded?

On friday ,after the release of the video and audios by putin’s chief stating that the evil action of Russia’s military must stop, there was a serious threat to his reign since he took over.

Russia’s FSB security service responds by opening a criminal case against Prigozhin, saying he has called for “armed mutiny”.

The deputy commander of Russia’s Ukraine campaign, General Sergei Surovikin, urges Wagner to give up their opposition to the military leadership and return to their bases.

On Saturday Prigozhin says his men have crossed the border from Ukraine into Russia and are ready to go “all the way” against
the Russian military.

Wagner fighters enter the southern Russian city of Rostov and appear to control the military headquarters that runs Russian operations in Ukraine.

The White House announces it is monitoring the situation and will be consulting with allies and partners on developments.

The governor of Rostov Oblast tells residents to remain calm and stay indoors as it becomes clear that Wagner forces have taken control of the city of Rostov.

Russia’s Defence Ministry appeals to Wagner fighters to abandon Prigozhin, saying they have been “deceived and dragged into a criminal adventure”.

A Russian security source says Wagner mercenaries have taken control of all military facilities in the city of Voronezh, about 300 miles south of Moscow.

Putin makes a televised address vowing to crush what he calls an armed mutiny. He accuses Prigozhin of “treason” and a “stab in the back”.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a close Putin ally, says his forces are ready to help put down the rebellion using harsh methods if necessary.

European governments including Britain, France, Germany and Italy all issue statements saying they are closely watching developments in Russia.

Russian military helicopters open fire on a convoy of rebel mercenaries already more than half way to Moscow in a lightning advance after seizing Rostov overnight.

Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service, says it is clear that Prigozhin’s attempt to destabilise society and ignite a fratricidal civil war has failed.

Russia Putin Wagner

Moscow’s soldiers set up a machine gun position on the southwest edge of the capital, photographs also show armed police gathering at the point where the M4 highway – which Wagner mercenaries are moving along – reaches the Russian capital.

Putin signs a law permitting 30-day detentions for breaking martial law in places where it has been imposed, the
RIA news agency reports.

Wagner mercenaries are promised an amnesty if they lay down their weapons “but they should do it fast”, the TASS news agency reports politician Pavel Krasheninnikov as saying.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issues a statement warning Western countries against using the Wagner Group’s mutiny “to achieve their Russophobic goals”.

The office of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says he has brokered a deal with Prigozhin who has agreed to de-escalate the situation.

Prigozhin says he has ordered his fighters advancing on Moscow in a convoy to turn around and return to their bases to avoid bloodshed. It is agreed he will not be prosecuted for the attempted coup and leave Russia for Belarus.

Threat to Putin

Putin has built a reputation as an autocrat with an iron grip on power since he became president in 2000 – with his reign second in length only to Joseph Stalin, the Communist leader whose image Putin has tried to rehabilitate.

The mysterious deaths of Putin critics over the years, and more recent critics of the Ukraine war, has only bolstered the Kremlin’s veneer of total control and the consequences for those who step out of line.

That has now been shaken badly by the Wagner insurrection – with experts warning Putin may be more exposed than he has been in the last 23 years.

“Putin is clearly weakened. There is blood in the water,” said Evelyn Farkas, executive director of the US-based think tank McCain Institute. She added that this near-crisis could be seen as an opportunity for Putin critics or rivals within the kremlin.

The cracks were already there earlier this for the evil action on ukraine in some parts of the country but this time with this revolt the situation came out of the womb and the world has seen its effect.

Threat to world

Russia’s rivals might see an opportunity in this short-lived civil war to demolish the reign of Putin as Russia terms with many nations were cold enough to lead them to a cold war and this internal bleeding due to the revolt of Wagner Group in Russia’s own body might fuel the fire.

2 thought on “BREAKING NEWS Wagner troops withdraw as Russian, is this a major setback to Putin’s reign?”
  1. Russia been influenced by outside resources ,may be we can see a shift in leadership

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