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Head Of Wagner Group To Leave Russia For Belarus In Deal Brokered By Lukashenko

In a surprising turn of events, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Wagner group to leave Russia for Belarus, according to an announcement made by the Kremlin on Saturday.

Landon Morton
Jun 25, 20232143 Shares56389 Views
In a surprising turn of events, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Wagner group to leave Russia for Belarus, according to an announcement made by the Kremlin on Saturday.
The deal, apparently brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, brings an end to an armed insurrection that posed a significant threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin's authority.

Criminal Case Dropped

During a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that an agreement was reached with Prigozhin.
Peskov also stated that the criminal case against Prigozhin would be dropped, and he would relocate to Belarus. The Kremlin, however, remains unaware of Prigozhin's current whereabouts.
You will ask me what will happen to Prigozhin personally? The criminal case will be dropped against him. He himself will go to Belarus.- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
Peskov further clarified that the Wagner troops, who had been marching towards Moscow, would not face any legal consequences for their actions.
Instead, they are expected to sign contracts with Russia's Ministry of Defense. The move aims to ensure a peaceful resolution and avoid bloodshed.

Prigozhin's Criticism And Changing Calculus

Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner private mercenary group, has been publicly critical of Russia's military leadership and their handling of the war in Ukraine.
However, his recent actions crossed multiple red lines with Putin, leading to a severe crisis. In response to Prigozhin's actions, Putin described them as a betrayal and an insurrection against the country and its people.
Saturday witnessed dramatic events as Prigozhin's calculus seemed to change. The mercenary announced that his troops would halt their advance towards Moscow to avoid bloodshed.
Videos, authenticated by CNN, showed Prigozhin and Wagner forces withdrawing from their positions at the Russian military headquarters in Rostov-on-Don.
Prigozhin seems to have turned against not just the military leadership's handling of the Ukrainian incursion, but also against the longstanding Russian leader and his agenda.
On Friday, he said that Russia invaded Ukraine under false pretenses designed by the Russian Ministry of Defense, and that Russia is losing territory on the battlefield.
There are 25,000 of us and we are going to find out why there is such chaos in the country. There are 25,000 of us waiting as a tactical reserve and a strategic reserve. It’s the whole army and the whole country, everyone who wants to, join us. We must end this debacle.

Prigozhin's Influence And Discord

Prigozhin had gained influence with Putin during the conflict, with his Wagner forces playing a significant role in the assault on Bakhmut.
However, he eventually turned against not only the military leadership's handling of the invasion of Ukraine but also against Putin himself.
Prigozhin accused Moscow of invading Ukraine under false pretenses and claimed that Russia was losing ground in the conflict.
The resolution of the crisis appears to be a result of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's personal relationship with Prigozhin, which spans two decades.
The details of the agreement remain undisclosed, but it relies on the word of the Russian President for Prigozhin's safe departure to Belarus.

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Reactions And Consequences

The events of the past few days have sent shockwaves through Russia and the international community.
Top Russian officials rallied behind President Putin, denouncing Prigozhin's actions as an attempted armed rebellion.
The FSB opened a criminal case against Prigozhin, urging Wagner fighters to detain their leader.
Amidst these developments, the European Union activated its crisis response center to coordinate a response, and Ukraine capitalized on Russia's security situation by launching counter-offensives along the front lines.
Meanwhile, Ukraine exploited Russia's unstable security situation on Saturday by conducting simultaneous counter-offensives in numerous directions, according to Hanna Maliar, Ukraine's deputy Defense Minister, in a Telegram message.
Earlier, a representative for the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine told CNN that the events in Russia would help Ukraine.
The fact that Prigozhin took all his Wagner fighters into Russia now will definitely have an effect on our frontline.- Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine
The resolution of this armed insurrection marks a significant moment for Russia, as Yevgeny Prigozhin's departure to Belarus brings an end to a crisis that posed a severe challenge to President Putin's authority.
The full ramifications of these events will undoubtedly shape Russia's future trajectory, its involvement in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and the dynamics between Putin and those who seek to challenge his rule.

Final Words

In a surprising turn of events, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner paramilitary group, has agreed to leave Russia for Belarus, ending an armed insurrection that posed a significant threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin's authority.
The deal, brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, defuses the crisis and brings a resolution to the conflict.
The departure of Prigozhin and the withdrawal of Wagner forces mark a pivotal moment in Russia's internal dynamics and its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
The consequences of these events will shape Russia's future trajectory and the power dynamics within the country.
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