Putin addressed Russia for the first time after the rebellion ended.
Putin said the West and Ukraine wanted to see the Russians turn against each other.
“Any attempt at blackmail, creating internal turmoil will fail.”
Moscow: A situation like the civil war in Russia was avoided. However, after the private army rebellion in Russia, questions have also been raised about the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, Putin addressed Russia for the first time after the coup was postponed. Putin on Monday thanked private army commanders and soldiers for preventing bloodshed in Russia, addressing the nation after a short-lived uprising by the Wagner Group’s mercenary army.
In a widely televised address, the Russian leader stressed that the West and Ukraine want to see the Russians turn against each other, according to the AFP news agency. Putin added that “this was exactly what the enemies of Russia and kyiv wanted”. They wanted the Russian soldiers to kill each other. He further stated that “any blackmail, any attempt to create internal unrest will fail”.
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Putin added in his speech: “Since the beginning of the events, on my orders, measures have been taken to avoid large-scale bloodshed.” In his address, Putin accused the Wagnerian rebel fighters of treason and offered them either to sign a contract with the army or to go to neighboring Belarus.
“Today you have the option of continuing to serve Russia by signing a contract with the Ministry of Defense or other law enforcement agencies, or returning to your family and loved ones… Anyone who wants to go in Belarus he can go,” he said. In addition, he thanked his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko for mediating between Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and Moscow.
Prigozhin said the purpose of the march was not to overthrow the government
Putin’s speech came the same day Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin issued a statement defending his rebellion. On Monday, Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin said the march to Moscow was aimed at stopping the destruction of Wagner’s private military company and bringing justice to those who, through their unprofessional actions, killed large numbers of people during army special operations. He said that this march was a demonstration and that its aim was not to overthrow the government.
Keywords: Russia, Vladimir Poutine, Wagner Group
FIRST POST: June 27, 2023, 06:39 HST