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New details emerge about the mutiny of the Wagner Group in Russia: they affirm that Putin wanted to assassinate Yevgeny Prigozhin

As the days go by, new details arise from failed mutiny the head of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin against power in Russia and how the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko managed to put an end to the uprising of the Russian paramilitary group, over the weekend.

On Tuesday Lukashenko offered an hour-by-hour account of how the negotiations with Prigozhin went. This Wednesday more details of that story emerged. The Belarusian president recounted that he convinced Putin to not “annihilate” Prigozhin and his men, when Putin called on him on Saturday to intercede and defuse the rebellion.

Describing his conversation with Putin, Lukashenko used the phrase in Russian criminal jargon to kill someone, equivalent to the expression “annihilate”.




the head of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin. Photo: Reuters

“I also understood,” Lukashenko said, “a brutal decision had been made to annihilate the mutineers,” the Belarusian president said in a meeting with his army officers and journalists.

“I suggested to Putin not to rush. ‘Come on,’ I told him, ‘let’s talk to Prigozhin, to his commanders. To which he replied: ‘Listen, Sasha, it’s useless. He doesn’t even answer the phone, he doesn’t want to talk to anyone,'” Lukashenko added.

Prigozhin forward his plans

As revealed by The Wall Street Journal, Yevgueni Prigozhin planned to capture Russian military leaders as part of the rebellion that he launched last weekend and that moved forward after Russian intelligence discovered his plan.

Western sources cited by the Journal indicated that originally Prigozhin planned to capture Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valeri Guerasimov, during a visit they were going to make to an area border with Ukraine, but the Russian secret services uncovered the plan two days before his execution.

Western intelligence agenciesthe newspaper notes, they were also aware of the plans of Wagner’s leader and considered that had a chance of successwhich fell apart when the conspiracy leaked and forced to improvise an alternative.

The WSJ points out that Western sources believe that Prigozhin had communicated his intentions to Russian General Sergei Surovikin, information also published by The New York Times and described as “speculation” by the Kremlin.

According to the sources of the economic daily, Prigozhin had accumulated weapons and ammunition and hoped that part of the Russian Armed Forces joined the riot and rebel against their commanders.

After learning that his plan had been leaked, the head of the mercenary group advanced his movements and captured the city of Rostov, to then send a column in the direction of Moscow, which stopped after negotiations mediated by the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko.

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hour by hour

This is the chronology of these events, which occurred on Saturday, according to Lukashenko’s version:

-08:00 am: alarming information

“They start to arrive alarming information about the situation in Russia,” according to Lukashenko, who was informed by the Federal Security Service and the Committee for State Security that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, I wanted to talk to him.

The Wagner group takes the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.  Photo: Reuters


The Wagner group takes the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Photo: Reuters

-10.10 am: Putin ready to crush the rebels

Putin reports “exhaustively on the situation taking place in Russia”, said Lukashenko, who asked his Russian counterpart “not to rush”, since Putin was ready to “crush” the rebels. Lukashenko convinces him to enter into negotiations with Prigozhin.

The head of the Kremlin also assured that the head of Wagner did not answer the phone And I didn’t want to talk to anyone.

11:00 a.m.: Prigozhin answers the phone

The Belarusian president asks Putin how to communicate with Prigozhin and establishes three channels of communication with Wagner’s boss around noon: “He responded immediately.”

Prigozhin expresses his demands very excitedly: “the first round of talks lasted 30 minutes between swear words exclusively. There were ten times more bad words than normal lexicon,” says Lukashenko.

Wagner’s boss demands the surrender of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimovwhom he accuses of having betrayed Russia and of being responsible for the death of thousands of soldiers in Ukraine.

Besides make an appointment with Putin.

Lukashenko replies that “no one will hand over Shoigu or Gerasimov under these conditions.”

“You know Putin as well as I do, he is not going to meet with you or answer you on the phone in these circumstances,” he told him.

Lukashenko’s threat

After two rounds of talks, Lukashenko understands that Prigozhin is ready to give up his demands and alerts him that if at least one civilian died, they would conclude the negotiations immediately.

In addition, he warned him that if the advance of the Wagnerites in the direction of Moscow continued, Minsk would send a brigade to defend the Russian capital “as in 1941”, referring to World War II.

Meanwhile, the Russian regular forces They prepared several lines of defense with more than 10,000 troops in order to defend Moscow.

Lukashenko warns Wagner’s boss that the uprising could lead to bloodshed and that Russia has enough forces to “squash him like a bedbug” despite the fact that the Russian Army “is busy on the front” of Ukraine.

16.00: 200 km from Moscow, Prigozhin accepts the conditions

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Prigozhin conveys to Lukashenko that he is ready to accept the conditions and asks his advice on how to prevent an attack by Russian regular forces against the mercenary column, located already 200 kilometers from Moscow.

The Belarusian president establishes contacts with the director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB), Alexandr Bortnikov, to coordinate the withdrawal of the Wagnerites.

It also offers “total security guarantees” to Wagner’s boss including moving to Belarus for him and his fighters.

8:00 p.m.: end

At approximately 8:00 p.m. the talks conclude. Prigozhin coordinates with Bortnikov to withdraw his men. The column of the Wagner group turns around and begins the return to its bases from Moscow and the city of Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, which the Wagnerites had taken under their control.

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