2023-06-24 | 03:30
Alsumaria news - international
Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the Ukrainian President, today, Saturday, described the actions of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian private military group Wagner, as an anti-terror operation, adding: "Everything has just begun in Russia."
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Podolyak wrote on Twitter: "The dissension among the elites is very evident. Agreeing and pretending that everything is stable will not work. Someone must lose for sure: either Prigogine or the (anti-Prigogne) forces."
Russia's domestic intelligence service, the [url=https://www.alsumaria.tv/Entity/45694/%D8%A5%D9%81 %D8%A5%D8%B3 %D8%A8%D9%8A/ar/]FSB[/url], has launched an investigation against Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the paramilitary Wagner Group, on charges of calling for a military coup, Interfax news agency reported.
The commander of the special military group had called for a fight against Moscow's military leadership on Friday night, according to the agency.
Kremlin spokesman [url=https://www.alsumaria.tv/Entity/3293136035/%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%8A %D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%B3%D9%83%D9%88%D9%81/ar/]Dmitry Peskov[/url] said the case had been reported to President [url=https://www.alsumaria.tv/Entity/60567/%D9%81%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B1 %D8%A8%D9%88%D8%AA%D9%8A%D9%86/ar/]Vladimir Putin[/url].
Russia's official Tass news agency reported that security has been stepped up in Moscow, and greater protection has been given to important facilities including government agencies and transport infrastructure.
Earlier, Prigozhin accused the Russian military leadership of attacking his units and threatened to take countermeasures.
Prigozhin said in an audio message via Telegram on Friday that Defense Minister [url=https://www.alsumaria.tv/Entity/3845552674/%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%AC%D9%8A %D8%B4%D9%88%D9%8A%D8%BA%D9%88/ar/]Sergei Shoigu[/url] attacked the Wagner camps inside with artillery, helicopters and missiles.
He asserted that he had 25,000 men under his command who were currently wondering why such arbitrariness was so widespread in the country.
Prigozhin threatened, "Anyone who tries to resist us, we will consider him a threat and kill him on the spot." The Russian Defense Ministry denied any attack on Wagner's forces.
Prigozhin added that Shoigu had specially come to Rostov-on-Don, a city of about a million people near the Ukrainian border, to lead the operation against Wagner.
He spoke of a "large number" of deaths, but did not give an exact figure for the number of those killed in the attack.