Yesterday, Wagner chief Yevgeniy Prigozhin released a video threatening Russia after he believed that the Russian military shelled one of his positions in Ukraine.
Prigozhin has been one of Putin’s closest allies and has been instrumental in the war effort in Ukraine, being largely credited with the successful capture of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.
Prigozhin and Generals in the Russian military have been engaged in a months-long power struggle as Prigozhin has complained about a lack of ammunition being sent to his soldiers and has disagreed with the military on strategy for the invasion of Ukraine.
Just a day after Prigozhin released a video promised a ‘March of Justice’ on Russia, his army is now just a few hours from Moscow by some accounts, while others have claimed his army is currently on the outskirts of Moscow, though this has not been verified.
There are also reports that Prigozhin’s army took control of the Russian military command in Rostov-on-Don, where much of the staging for the invasion of Ukraine has taken place.
Some unverified reports have claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already fleed Moscow in a Presidential jet, though the Russian government claims that he is still working out of the Kremlin.
Wagner forces were temporarily slowed down in the Moscow Oblast as Russian forces desperately attempted to block their advance by placing large trucks in their path.
This is a developing story.
The Washington Post Reports–
Breaking: Russia is now flying in troops from Ukraine and around the country to defend Moscow as Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and his military has reached the Moscow region. They’re currently about 200 miles outside Moscow.
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— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) June 24, 2023
Forces led by Wagner mercenary boss Yevgeniy Prigozhin advanced in the direction of Moscow on Saturday, moving north from the Voronezh region to the Lipetsk region, which is roughly 250 miles from the Russian capital. President Vladimir Putin, citing a threat to his nation, said he had ordered the military to quash the “rebellion” led by Prigozhin, who on Friday called for Russians to join a campaign against Russia’s military leadership.
Prigozhin claimed early Saturday to have taken control of the Russian military command base in Rostov-on-Don in the south. The governor of the Voronezh region farther north said a “counterterrorist operation” by the military there was underway, hours before the governor of the Lipetsk region said Wagner forces were moving across the territory.