“This is a stab in the back of our country and our people,” he said, likening the opposition from the Wagner group to efforts to battle against the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 in which the tsar was overthrown. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Yevgeny Prigozhin’s military action “represents the most significant challenge to the Russian state in recent times,” according to CNN.
🚨LATEST COUP UPDATES: PUTIN SPEAKS, PRIGOZHIN RESPONDS, HEAVY CLASHES BEGIN NEAR MOSCOW– Putin FINALLY made a speech in which he mentioned “treason” and “mutiny” twice, talked about Russia “fighting hard for its future”, labelled the events as an “internal mutiny” and a “stab… pic.twitter.com/dXVeG72cw6 — Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) June 24, 2023
WAGNER REBELLION– Wagner forces are advancing through Lipetsk region, around 450 kilometers from Moscow. – Russian air force has struck Wagner convoys and defensive positions are being set up around the capital, Moscow. – Prigozhin claims his troops have been greeted as… — The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) June 24, 2023
Russian forces had “likely remained passive, acquiescing to Wagner,” a Ministry of Defense briefing said.“Over the coming hours, the loyalty of Russia’s security forces, and especially the Russian National Guard, will be key to how the crisis plays out,” the report said.
Writing for the BBC, John Simpson called the action a mutiny, adding, “it’s a munity by probably the most effective section of the entire Russian military operation.”
Either Prigozhin will be destroyed within 24 hours by a missile strike ordered by Putin, or he will take over the Kremlin and declare himself as Russian military dictator. What comes next will be civil war and Russia’s disintegration.My concern is what will happen to the… — Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) June 24, 2023
“The Wagner Group, although it’s often made up of people like former prisoners, has been welded together by its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin into a unit that has a very high sense of itself,” he wrote.
“Whereas the Russian forces are often demoralized and mostly don’t want to be there,” he wrote, adding, “They don’t have the kind of spirit that Prigozhin’s forces do.”“There’s only 25,000 of the Wagner Group, but they may be able to get much further than they have already,” he wrote. According to a report in The Washington Post, as the Wagner Group marched on Moscow, flights out of Moscow were sold out Saturday, with the next available seats for Russians wanting to flee to Turkey not available until Monday. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.