Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian ‘Wagner’ mercenary squadron, was travelling in his private jet that crashed north of Moscow. 10 people, including Prigoshin, lost their lives in the accident.
An immediate investigation is being conducted regarding the accident. Two months earlier, Prigozhin had led an uprising to seize power in Russia, challenging the Russian army and government. The rebellion, which was limited to only two days, failed.
There was a rift between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prigozhin, and between Prigozhin and the Russian army chiefs regarding that rebellion. Prigozhin was also one of Putin’s closest friends in the past. He resorted to military mutiny because of the harassment of his mercenary battalion by the Russian army.
The ‘Wagner’ mercenary battalion is considered an additional battalion of the Russian army. During the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian army captured many provinces of Ukraine with the help of “Wagner” mercenaries. ‘Wagner’ mercenaries operate in many countries in the African region. (Reuters)
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