Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the family of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group, following a suspected plane crash that claimed the lives of all 10 people on board. Describing Prigozhin as a skilled businessman with a complex history, Putin acknowledged their long-standing partnership dating back to the 1990s. This is Putin’s first public statement about the tragic incident, which happened in northern Moscow.
Prigozhin, known for leading a brief rebellion in June and demanding the dismissal of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, had been en route to Moscow with his associates.
While the exact circumstances of the crash remain uncertain, senior members of Wagner’s presence on the flight have raised questions. Putin expressed that Prigozhin and his team had made substantial contributions during the Ukraine conflict.
Amid speculation and unconfirmed reports from Russian media, an investigation into the crash has been launched. Putin predicts more details will emerge soon. The condition of the crash site has led to discussions about DNA identification, as the bodies are burned and disfigured.
Speculation surrounds the incident, with some experts suggesting the possible involvement of a surface-to-air missile originating in Russia. Pro-Wagner Telegram channels and Western critics have speculated about the nature of the accident, ranging from deliberate fall to murder.
Prigozhin’s presumed death provokes mixed reactions, with a makeshift memorial erected at Wagner’s headquarters in St. Petersburg. Some see his demise as a result of his involvement in contentious issues involving Russia, Ukraine and the West.
As investigations unfold, international attention continues to focus on the incident, raising questions about the possible motives and impact of Prigozhin’s presumed death.
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