Wagner Group mercenaries have made a revenge threat after the killing of their boss Yevgeny Prigozhin on Wednesday evening.
It has been claimed that the “Russian Airforce shot down” Wagner chief’s private jet killing Prigozhin two months to the day after his mutiny against Vladimir Putin.
Wagnerites based in Belarus who will now no longer be paid have issued a statement which is thought to be directed at Moscow.
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The Wagner mercenaries said in a video, “There’s a lot of talk right now about what the Wagner Group will do. We can tell you one thing. We are getting started, get ready for us.”
A defence industry analyst and former British officer Nichoas Drummond has warned that Putin is fuelling the potential for a “civil war” in Russia.
Wagner soldiers in Belarus release a statement:
“There’s a lot of talk right now about what the Wagner Group will do. We can tell you one thing. We are getting started, get ready for us.” pic.twitter.com/vSX0JsYqud
— Global Military Activity (@Gadhwara27) August 24, 2023
Drummond said, “In resorting to fratricide to retain his grip on power, Putin is sowing the seeds of his own downfall, fuelling the collapse of Russia, potentially leading to civil war, and perhaps even the fragmentation of Russia.”
“Few people will mourn the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, but his blatant, premeditated murder should remind us all of exactly what Vladimir Putin is: a ruthless, imperialist, ex-KGB thug,” he added.