BONSERNEWS.com – The Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary company involved in conflicts in Ukraine, Libya and Syria, reportedly carried out a coup against the Russian government on Saturday (24/6/2023).
The leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, announced that his troops would attack the Russian military which he said had carried out a deadly missile attack on the Wagner camp in Ukraine.
The Russian military was ordered on alert one and deployed tanks, armored vehicles and armed troops in cities such as Moscow, Rostov and Voronezh to deal with the Wagner Group threat.
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The Russian Ministry of Defense accused Prigozhin of staging a coup and described it as a “provocation”.
Russia’s counter-terrorism committee also opened a criminal investigation against Prigozhin for calling for an armed uprising.
The Wagner Group is a mercenary company that allegedly has close ties to the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin.
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This company is known to operate in various countries experiencing armed conflict with the support of the Russian military or intelligence.
However, the Russian government has always denied any official involvement with the Wagner Group and considers it an illegal organization.
The motives behind the Wagner Group coup remain unclear. Some analysts believe that Prigozhin may be dissatisfied with Vladimir Putin’s policies towards Ukraine and wants to trigger a full-scale war between the two countries.
Prigozhin was also accused of having political and economic ambitions that were not in line with those of the Kremlin.
Former Russian military commander, Igor Strelkov, even accused the Wagner Group of being Western agents who wanted to overthrow Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile the Wagner Group is a Russian paramilitary organization operating in various conflicts around the world, including in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Mali and Mozambique.