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    Peskov said that the case against Prigozhin would be closed, and he himself would be released to Belarus

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    The reason for the start of the armed rebellion of PMC “Wagner” was the statement of Yevgeny Prigozhin on the evening of June 23, in which he accused the “military leadership” of the Russian Federation of hitting the positions of his formation, as a result of which “a huge number of fighters,” and promised to advance with a “march of justice.” Following this, the FSB opened a criminal case against him “on the fact of calling for an armed rebellion” (Article 279 of the Criminal Code). The department called on PMC fighters “not to make an irreparable mistake, to stop any forceful actions against the Russian people, not to carry out the criminal and treacherous orders of Prigozhin, to take measures to detain him.”

    With appeals to Wagner ”spoke General Sergei Surovikin, who was planning the operation to capture Artemovsk (Bakhmut) together with the commanders of PMCs. They were also approached by the first deputy chief of the GRU of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Vladimir Alekseev. They urged the “Wagnerites” to “stop and think.”

    Middlegame

    Around eight in the morning, Prigozhin posted a video from the headquarters of the Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don. According to him, the Wagner fighters blocked the city and took “under control of military facilities, including the airfield.” He separately noted that combat missions of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the interests of a special operation in Ukraine are going on as usual. In addition, he stressed that the actions of his formation are “not a military coup, but a march of justice.”

    At the same time, the security forces came with searches to the Wagner Center PMC in St. . Searches also took place at Wagner recruiting points in several regions of the Russian Federation. Some of them were subsequently closed. In addition, searches took place in the alleged office of Prigozhin. The Fontanka publication reported that they found five kilograms of gold bullion, six packed pistols and five briquettes of white powder, as well as several passports in the name of Prigozhin (the posts were later deleted).

    Also The publication wrote that about 4 billion rubles were found in the Gazelle parked next to the office. Prigozhin confirmed that the money found was intended for the issuance of salaries and compensations.

    At 9 am in Moscow, the Moscow region and the Voronezh region, a counter-terrorist operation regime was announced. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation called on the Wagner fighters not to participate in the rebellion and contact representatives of the department or law enforcement agencies in order to return to their points of deployment.

    At 10:00, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an appeal in in which he called the attempted rebellion a betrayal:

    “Actions that split our unity are, in fact, apostasy from one’s people, from comrades in arms. This is a stab in the back to our country and our people. It was precisely such a blow that was dealt to Russia in 1917, Russians killed Russians, brothers – brothers, and political adventurers and foreign forces took selfish gain … We will not let this happen again. We will protect both our people and our statehood from any threats, including internal betrayal. What we are facing is betrayal. Exorbitant ambitions and personal interests led to treason.”

    At about noon, columns with Wagner equipment were seen in the Voronezh region. Later, at the YuMO headquarters in Rostov-on-Don, there was an explosion. At 14:00, footage appeared, presumably of attempts by Wagner fighters to shoot down a Ka-52 helicopter of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the sky over Voronezh.

    Deputy Chairman of the Security Council In Russia, Dmitry Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel that in the current situation, the most important thing is to “rally around the President.” According to him, “split and betrayal is the path to the greatest tragedy.”

    justify by any merit of the past. According to him, the attempt to “shake society, kindle the fire of a fratricidal civil war” failed.

    At about 16:00 Moscow time, equipment of the Wagner PMC was noticed on the roads in the Lipetsk region. This was later confirmed by Governor Igor Artamonov. At about the same time, checkpoints were installed at the exit from the M-4 Don highway in Moscow.

    By the middle of the day, the federal highways M-4 Don and M- 2 Crimea. The authorities of the Voronezh, Kaluga, Lipetsk and Rostov regions have temporarily restricted traffic on some regional roads. Bus service has been suspended in some regions. Checkpoints began to be set up in Moscow.

    Endgame

    Already in the evening of June 24, it was announced that the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, in agreement with Putin, held negotiations with Prigozhin, the result of which was the stop of the Wagner convoys. According to the head of the PMC, his fighters were already 200 km from Moscow. As the press service of the President of Belarus reported, “an absolutely profitable and acceptable option for solving the situation was found, with security guarantees for the Wagner PMC fighters.” This was followed by the second call of the day between Putin and Lukashenko, during which “the President of Russia supported and thanked the Belarusian colleague for the work done.”

    him into technology. Soon, the first columns of PMCs began to leave Rostov-on-Don.

    Later, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, commented on the results of the day. According to him, Putin and Lukashenko agreed to mediate efforts to resolve the situation with Wagner. According to him, personnel changes in the Ministry of Defense were not discussed during the negotiations. He also noted that part of the Wagner fighters, who initially refused to participate in Prigozhin’s “campaign”, would sign contracts with the Ministry of Defense. He also said that “there will be all the prerequisites” to cancel the presidential decree on CTO.

    Peskov also said that the criminal case against Prigozhin would be dropped, and he “would go to Belarus.” Who Prigozhin will work there, Peskov does not know. He noted that the guarantee of Prigozhin’s departure to Belarus is the word of the president.

    At about 23:00, a video appeared of Prigogine leaving Rostov-on-Don.

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