"US Government Uncertain of Wagner Group Leader Location, as Charges Laid for Armed Rebellion in Russia"

news 30-Jun-2023 World News

"US Government Uncertain of Wagner Group Leader's Location, as Charges Laid for Armed Rebellion in Russia"

"US Government Unsure of the Whereabouts of Wagner Group Leader, Priogzhin" The United States will continue to monitor the activities of the Wagner Group worldwide, but currently lacks full knowledge about the whereabouts of its leader, Yevgeny Priogzhin, and his fighters, according to John Kirby, the coordinator for strategic communications on the National Security Council. "We do not have complete visibility on where Mr. Priogzhin or all of his fighters are...We intend to keep an eye on the Wagner Group whatsoever they are located around the world," he said in a briefing.

"US Estimates Wagner Group May Still Have Some Units in Ukraine" Kirby also remarked that, according to the US's assessment, some units of the Wagner Group remain in Ukraine. However, he added that the American government does not have any reliable information about Priogzhin's current location.

"Priogzhin Faces Criminal Charges Over Armed Rebellion" On the night of June 24, the Wagner Group, according to reports, seized the headquarters of the Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don. The seizure had occurred after Yevhgeny Priogzhin's claims that the Russian military had allegedly struck Wagner Group camps with missile bombings, which the Russian Ministry of Defence and Federal Security Service refuted. Priogzhin is currently facing criminal charges for his involvement in organizing an armed rebellion. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the actions of the rebels a criminal misadventure that attacked Russia's back and betrayal, fueled by grand ambitions and personal interests. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko later held talks with Priogzhin, agreeing to halt the Wagner Group's movements in Russia and take further steps to ease tensions in agreement with Putin. According to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesperson, Priogzhin will leave Russia for Belarus, and criminal charges will be dropped. Lukashenko confirmed the arrival of Priogzhin to the Belarusian territory on June 27. The Russian Federal Security Service's Operations Centre reported that the participants in the rebellion on 24 June had ceased their actions aimed directly at committing a crime, with the criminal case being terminated on 27 June.

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