The advancing column was fired upon when it reached Voronezh, according to Radio Liberty. Voronezh is about halfway between Rostov-on-don and Moscow. The column included troop carriers and a tank carried on a flatbed truck, according to Reuters.
Breaking: As Putin allegedly has fled Moscow, the Wagner Group has reportedly broken through road barriers on the way to Moscow after the Russian military used abandoned vehicles to try and slow them down.The Russian military also has reportedly used excavators to damage the… pic.twitter.com/nl3GET2Yza — Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) June 24, 2023
The mercenaries were fired upon by a helicopter, but Reuters wrote that “there were no reports of the rebels meeting any substantial resistance on the highway.”Prigozhin said the Russian military was trying to attack civilian targets to slow the mercenary advance.
BREAKING:The Wagner Group has now reached the Lipetsk region. Moscow is only 4 hours away by car. The Battle of Moscow could start this evening. pic.twitter.com/SBISoA56OK — Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 24, 2023
Prigozhin has called his uprising a “march for justice” aimed at removing military commanders he calls corrupt and he says have mismanaged the war in Ukraine.As of Saturday morning Eastern time, the mercenaries were about 250 miles south of Moscow, according to The New York Times.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin said Russia is fighting for its life, according to Reuters. “We are fighting for the lives and security of our people, for our sovereignty and independence, for the right to remain Russia, a state with a thousand-year history,” he said.
BREAKING:The Wagner Group has announced that most of the Russian Army units in the Lipetsk region have switched sides and joined the Wagner Group military column heading toward Moscow pic.twitter.com/62vUpoaZur — Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 24, 2023
“All those who deliberately stepped on the path of betrayal, who prepared an armed insurrection, who took the path of blackmail and terrorist methods, will suffer inevitable punishment, will answer both to the law and to our people,” he said, branding the uprising as treason.
Proigozhin issued a defiant message as his troops streamed north.
“The president makes a deep mistake when he talks about treason. We are patriots of our motherland, we fought and are fighting for it. We don’t want the country to continue to live in corruption, deceit and bureaucracy,” he said.This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.