Russian Mercenary Chief Announces Halt To Mutiny

 June 25, 2023

Yevgeny Prigozhin is the owner of the Wagner Group military company.

He was also the leader of the Russian mutiny against Vladimir Putin.

Now, it appears as if that mutiny isn't going to happen.

At least not yet.

One day after declaring a "march for justice" to "take revenge on Russian defense officials who have mismanaged the war and allegedly attacked Wagner Group forces," Prigozhin appears to have changed his mind.

"They were going to dismantle PMC Wagner," Prigozhin said. "In a day, we walked to nearly 200km away from Moscow."

"In this time, we did not spill a single drop of blood of our fighters. Now, the moment has come when blood may spill. That’s why, understanding the responsibility for spilling Russian blood on one of the sides, we are turning back our convoys and going back to field camps according to the plan."

It's hard to tell exactly what's happening in Russia right now, but one way to interpret what's happening here is that Prigozhin and his army simply failed.

Maybe overthrowing Vladimir Putin was going to be harder than they realized.

One European official gave his thoughts on what might happen to Prigozhin and his crew now:

"Much will depend on the next 24 hours and whether Prigozhin has gathered enough support not to be crushed quickly. I think that everyone understands that Putin has made a catastrophic mistake with [the war in Ukraine]. What to do now for the best is not obvious. There are many groupings with specific interests. The question is how they will deal with each other without weakening their positions relative to the outcome."

It is unclear exactly what Putin had to spend to send Prigozhin away, but some people think that Prigozhin may have accomplished at least some of his goals. It's possible that Putin agreed to fire Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu if the Wagner Group agreed to stop getting up to mischief.

Regardless of how you feel about Wagner or Putin or Zelensky, one thing is clear:

War is hell.

" A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature."
Thomas Jefferson
© 2015 - 2024 Conservative Institute. All Rights Reserved.