Prigozhin’s coup attempt appears to have ended with the Kremlin promising the rebel leader Wagner a free retreat to Belarus. On Saturday evening, the mercenaries marched from Rostov in southern Russia, which they had occupied for a day.
According to the sources of the published records, the locals celebrated the Prigozhins as stars, who sometimes broadcast a few series as a farewell. According to Rostov Governor Vasily Golubev Wagner convoys left the city on Sunday morning.
As of Sunday morning, most road restrictions were lifted due to the unrest in Russia. At the same time According to TASZZSZ state news agency It is still not possible to drive on the M-4 Don highway in the Moscow and Tula region. On Saturday, footage was seen showing them using grapples to slow Moscow-bound Wagner trains on this stretch of road.
So far, the Russian leadership has not been able to add much to what happened, while during a one-day uprising, the Prigozhins shot down several military helicopters, killing at least a dozen Russian soldiers. Only Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov openly wrote on his website that bloodshed was avoided this time, but it could still happen. “I thought that few people could be believed to truly love their country to the bone, like true patriots. But because of personal ambitions, advantages and arrogance, people give too much value to love and attachment to country. He urged the Wagnerites to be sober, as such behavior would lead to disaster.
American Institute for War Studies (IWS) He assessed the events of Saturday, as Prigozhin’s rebellion showed serious weaknesses in the Kremlin and the Russian Ministry of Defense, the situation in the Russian leadership was now very unstable, as the agreement with the Belarusian president would only be a temporary solution. This is why they don’t think the whole sequence of events is some kind of farce. It’s a shame they couldn’t respond to Putin in time, as it became clear how depleted the Russian military’s reserves were due to the war in Ukraine. In addition, the people of Rostov did not protest, but instead celebrated the mercenaries.