Russian generals have accused Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, a Wagner mercenary leader who had contracted with the Russian government, of attempting to stage a coup against President Vladimir Putin.
Wagner’s chief, in the meantime, has vowed to ‘go to the end’ to topple the Kremlin and oust its top brass, according to surfacing reports.
“This is a stab in the back of the country and the president,” Gen. Vladimir Alekseyev, the deputy head of Russia’s military intelligence agency, said in a video appeal to Prigozhin’s fighters, urging them to call off any rebellion. “This is a coup.”
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“I have just returned by the order of the Ministry of Defence from the zero line, where our forces, our commanders, our soldiers, volunteers carry out the objective, fighting the superior enemy forces to death, take casualties, but stand on their positions. I appeal to the leadership, commanders and fighters of PMC Wagner: Together with you, we walked a difficult path. Together with you, we fought, we took risks, we took losses, but overcome together. We are of the same blood. We are warriors. I call on you to stop. The enemy is waiting for our internal political situation to aggravate. We shouldn’t play into the enemy’s hand in this difficult time for the country. It needs to be done before it’s too late: to obey the will and order of the people-elected President of the Russian Federation. Stop the columns, and return them to their permanent positions and places of concentration. To solve all problems with civil means only under the leadership of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces.“
He is being slowly joined by other high-ranking commanders of the Russian army in similar videos.
Areas where military personnel and equipment of either the Russian National Guard Troops or Wagner Mercenaries have been spotted within the center of Rostov in Russia It is important to note that there have been no confirmed reports of fighting
There is a significant amount of military equipment including many Tanks, BTRs, Helicopters, and Armored Vehicles in the Russian City of Rostov
Both the Russian National Guard and Wagner troops are in the city, the situation is causing both confusion and uncertainty in the city.