Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday condemned an alleged armed mutiny by the Wagner mercenary group, calling it “treason” and vowing that “decisive action” would be taken against those responsible.
- Putin’s statement that the Wagner Group is a “criminal enterprise”
- His claim that the Wagner mutiny is “treason”
- His warning that the mutiny is a “fatal threat” to Russia
- His promise of “punishment” for those involved
- His vow to “protect Russia” from a repeat of the 1917 revolution
The FSB security service has opened a criminal case against Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary force, for calling for an armed mutiny, Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency said.
“This is a crime against the state,” Putin said in a statement. “Those responsible will be punished severely.”
The Wagner Group is a Russian private military contractor that has been accused of human rights abuses in several countries, including Ukraine. The group is believed to be close to the Russian government and has been used to support Russian military operations in Syria and Libya. The alleged mutiny is said to have taken place in the Rostov region of Russia, near the border with Ukraine. According to TASS, Prigozhin called on Wagner fighters to refuse to obey orders and to take up arms against the Russian government.
It is unclear how many Wagner fighters were involved in the alleged mutiny, or whether any of them have been arrested. However, Putin’s statement suggests that the Russian government is taking the matter seriously.
“We will not allow anyone to destabilize the situation in our country,” Putin said. “Those who try to do so will be punished severely.”
Putin Says Wagner Mutiny Is ‘Treason’
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called an alleged armed mutiny by the Wagner Group mercenary force a “treasonous act” and vowed that those responsible would be punished.
Speaking during an emergency televised address, Putin said that he would do everything to protect Russia, and that “decisive action” would be taken to stabilize the situation in Rostov-on-Don, a southern city where Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin said his forces had taken control of all military installations.
Putin’s statement is a clear warning to the Wagner Group and any other groups that may be considering taking up arms against the Russian government. It also suggests that the Russian government is willing to use force to protect its interests.
The alleged mutiny is a significant development, as it shows that there is some discontent within the Wagner Group. It is unclear what caused the mutiny, but it is possible that it was motivated by the group’s heavy losses in Ukraine.
The mutiny also raises questions about the relationship between the Wagner Group and the Russian government. It is possible that the group is acting independently of the government, or that it is being used by the government to carry out covert operations.
Whatever the case may be, the mutiny is a reminder that the Wagner Group is a powerful and dangerous organization. It is also a reminder that the Russian government is willing to use force to protect its interests.