Prigozhin’s death and doubts about the plane crash – The World

Prigozhin’s death and doubts about the plane crash – The World

A political source in Wagner told Al Jazeera that Yevgeny Prigozhin’s cell phone was found near one of the victims of yesterday’s plane crash in Russia in which the founder of the Wagner Group is said to have died.

at the same time France Expresses “reasonable doubts” about the “circumstances” of the plane crash in which the leader of the Wagner paramilitary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, died, via his spokesperson.

to Former US Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Leon PanettaIt is likely that Moscow will try to control the Wagner Group after the death of its founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in a plane crash yesterday in Russia. “I think they would be very concerned about letting these people continue to operate on their own,” Panetta said, referring to the Wagner Group’s mercenaries. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if they established control over the Wagner Group in Africa, Asia and anywhere else.” And they – he added -. In this regard, I think the members of the Wagner Group should also worry about their lives.”

second Institute for the Study of War (ISW) “Russian President Vladimir “Putin almost certainly ordered the Russian military leadership to shoot down Prigozhin’s plane…perhaps (in) an overt attempt to reassert his dominance and avenge the humiliation that the Wagner Group armed insurrection on June 24 inflicted on Putin. and the Russian Ministry of Defense. The American think tank notes that it is highly unlikely that any members of the Russian military, notably Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov, would have executed Prigozhin without Putin’s order. The field may have considered that Prigozhin’s survival after the Wagner rebellion was at Putin’s discretion,” adds the ISW. Russian sources indicated that it had been exactly two months since the start of Wagner’s armed insurrection, during which several Russian helicopters were shot down by Wagner’s forces and killed. “At least 13 soldiers Russia. The decision to task Russian air defenses with the assassination of Prigozhin allowed the Russian Ministry of Defense to directly retaliate for what was one of the bloodiest days for the Russian Air Force since the start of the large-scale invasion.” Tank notes.

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wisdom there German Foreign Minister Analina BaerbockPrigozhin’s plane crash took place a few hours ago, and therefore one cannot “draw hasty conclusions”. However, the minister added that “a regime, a power, a dictatorship built on violence, knows only violence even within itself.” Berbock commented: We have already seen it in Russia “in a sad and dramatic way in past years, when dissidents, journalists and ordinary people fell out of windows or were poisoned.”

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The plane, which Prigozhin was already on, disappeared from the radar at 18.20 local time (17.20 Italian time) and crashed in the Tver region, near the village of Kozkino. Gray Zone released a video in which the plane can be seen falling vertically as thick smoke billows from the cockpit. And in the blue sky we notice another puff of white smoke, which according to the same source is likely to have been caused by one or more anti-aircraft projectiles hitting the plane. “Before the plane crash, local residents heard two distinct bursts of air defenses, and this is confirmed by jets in the sky in one of the videos, as well as the words of direct eyewitnesses,” Gray Zone wrote.

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Prigozhin dies in his plane crash

Exactly two months after his militiamen’s “march for justice” in Moscow, Yevgeny Prigozhin’s defiance of the Kremlin has come to an end. The ex-convict turned billionaire, Russia’s hero of battles in Ukraine and later rebel against Vladimir Putin’s authority, died when the private plane he was traveling on between Moscow and St Petersburg crashed. “It was shot down by a Russian shell,” said a Telegram channel near the Wagner gray area. “The head of the Wagner Group, Russia’s hero and true patriot, Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, died because of the actions of Russia’s traitors. But even in hell it will be for the best! Glory to Russia!” says the gray zone. And the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport confirmed that the military commander of Wagner, Dmitry Utkin, lost his life with him. The first international reaction came from Joe Biden, who immediately pointed his finger at the Kremlin: “I’m not surprised,” said the US president. “There isn’t much going on in Russia that Putin isn’t left behind. But I don’t know much about that.” There is no doubt even from Kiev: “It is clear that Putin does not forgive anyone,” wrote presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak in X. Let us then add that “the apparent liquidation of Prigozhin and the leadership of Wagner two months after the attempted coup is Putin’s signal to the Russian elites in light of the 2024 elections Warning! Disloyalty equals death. Emergency services reported that the ill-fated plane – an Embraer Legacy 600 – had 10 people, 7 passengers and 3 crew on board. Nobody will survive. In a second, the same emergency services, cited by RIA Novosti, announced that only 8 bodies had been recovered. This news raised suspicions, and was accompanied by the gray zone announcement that another plane belonging to Prigozhin himself was flying over the area at the time, then landed at an airport near Moscow without any damage. Therefore, the hypothesis that Wagner’s head was on this second plane cannot be ruled out. But then came confirmation of his death. The plane, which Prigozhin was already on, disappeared from the radar at 18.20 local time (17.20 Italian time) and crashed in the Tver region, near the village of Kozkino. Gray Zone released a video in which the plane can be seen falling vertically as thick smoke billows from the cockpit. And in the blue sky we notice another puff of white smoke, which according to the same source is likely to have been caused by one or more anti-aircraft projectiles hitting the plane. “Before the plane crash, local residents heard two distinct bursts of air defenses, and this is confirmed by jets in the sky in one of the videos, as well as the words of direct eyewitnesses,” Gray Zone wrote. Prigozhin’s latest photos are from two days ago, when Gray Zone also released a video in which Wagner’s boss claimed to be in Africa, where his militiamen were “conducting reconnaissance and research activities to make Russia bigger in every continent.” Prigozhin added that the Wagner Group continues to “perform the tasks entrusted to it.” But today, the state RIA Novosti agency confirmed that General Sergei Surovikin has been dismissed from the command of the Russian Air Force, after rumors circulated in the past two months, never confirmed, that he had shot down Torpedo and even his arrest for alleged support for the attempted Wagner Rebellion.

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