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Putin Confirms Prigozhin’s Death

For the first time, the Kremlin commented on the crash of the business jet of the founder of PMC Wagner.

The President of Russia confirmed the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin and his entourage in the crash of an Embraer business jet in the Tver region. 

Vladimir Putin called the crashed head of the Wagner mercenaries a ” talented businessman “, a man of ” difficult fate ” who made mistakes in life.

The head of state expressed his condolences to the families of the passengers and crew members of the crashed plane.

I have known Prigogine for a long time, since the early 1990s. He was a man of difficult fate, and he made serious mistakes in life. But he achieved the results needed for himself, and when I asked him about it, for a common cause, as in these last months.

 Vladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation

The head of state also said that a few hours before his death, the founder of the Wagner Group returned from Africa and ” met with officials ” in Moscow.

A few hours earlier, the death of the leader of the Wagnerites was commented on in Kyiv.

When Ukraine addressed the countries of the world regarding aircraft, we did not mean it. We wanted support, although, probably, this will also help in some way. We have nothing to do with this. Everyone understands who is involved.

 Vladimir Zelensky President of Ukraine

Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane crashed exactly two months after the failed mutiny. Then the Wagnerites occupied the center of Rostov-on-Don, later a column of mercenaries was deployed 200 km from Moscow, allegedly after negotiations with Alexander Lukashenko and receiving security guarantees.

Among the versions of the state of emergency in the Tver region is the launch of an air defense missile and the explosion of a bomb installed on board the aircraft. The fact that the plane could have crashed due to ” external influence ” is written by a number of Russian and world media and telegram channels. 

According to the Associated Press, citing US intelligence, the plane crashed ” as a result of a deliberate explosion .”

Let’s see what the investigators say in the near future.

 Vladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation

According to Vladimir Putin, ” examinations are now being carried out: both technical and genetic examinations, this will take some time .” The head of the Kremlin added that the investigation ” will be brought to an end .”

Earlier, Fontanka, citing a source, wrote that the charred bodies of the dead ” cannot be visually identified .”

Sanctions were imposed against the leader of the mercenaries, Prigozhina, by the United States, Canada and the European Union.

Source : Euronews