The Russian Federation is currently experiencing what can only be described as an armed insurrection. The Wagner Group, a mercenary organization, is behind the insurrection which is also being labeled as a coup. Yevgeny Prigozhin, a 20-year-long friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is behind the “rebellion” as Wagner calls it. Prigozhin says Russian military leaders are not handling the war in Ukraine properly. The Wagner leader accused the Russian military of attacking installations in Ukraine that contained Wagner fighters.
Earlier in the year, Prigozhin made a video complaining about the lack of Russian support in Bakhmut. He said that military leaders refused to supply them with munitions to secure victory due to jealousy and envy. This video sparked concern in the Russian Federation. Many Russian Defense leaders wanted Prigozhin out at that point… but it did not happen. Now, Prigozhin is on the march to remove those who wanted him out.
Vladimir Putin released a video condemning the insurrection, calling for the arrest of anyone who is involved. It is not clear how this conflict will be waged. If there will be negotiations or if there will be outright warfare.
Russian mercenary chief says his troops have reached Rostov-on-Don following call for armed rebellion | Fox News
Russia-Ukraine war live: Wagner troops advance towards Moscow | Russia-Ukraine war News | Al Jazeera
Russia Live Updates: Putin Vows to Put Down Rebellion by Wagner Chief Prigozhin – The New York Times
Mercenary chief’s forces advance toward Moscow as Putin vows harsh punishment for rebellion leaders | AP News
Lawmakers react to escalating security situation in Russia – POLITICO
Is this a coup? What is Prigozhin doing in Russia? – BBC News
Rebel Russian mercenaries barrel towards Moscow | Reuters
Russia-Ukraine live updates: Prigozhin’s Wagner group heads toward Moscow as Putin vows to stop ‘rebellion’ – The Washington Post