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‘You will be crushed like a worm’: Belarus warns Wagner chief



Minsk, Belarus). According to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Wagnerian leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, who rebelled against Russian President Vladimir Putin a few days ago, has reached Belarus. CNN gave this information. In his address on Tuesday, Lukashenko said he warned Prigozhin that if he continued his march on the Russian capital, his troops would be wiped out, according to Belarusian state media. He reportedly told Prigozhin in conversation on Saturday that “halfway through, you will be crushed like a worm.”

In his remarks, Lukashenko also disclosed additional details about his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prigozhin over the weekend, CNN reported, adding that his talks with Chief Wagner lasted all day Saturday. The President of Belarus further stated that the nation was not currently building camps for Wagner’s troops on its soil and had given the group undeveloped territory inside Belarus if needed.

President Lukashenko said that the Belarusian army can benefit from the combat experience of the fighters of the Wagner group. According to the Belarusian Belta news agency, Lukashenko said: “Wagner Group fighters were at the forefront of the attacking troops. They will tell us what is needed now. He said fighters can report which weapons work well and how to attack and defend.

In fact, the head of “Wagner” Yevgeny Prigozhin said that he was not trying to organize a coup, but trying to save his private military group from destruction. He said in a statement: “We started our march because of an injustice.”

The fight between the ‘Wagner’ chief and Russian military officials continued as the war with Ukraine turned into an uprising over the weekend, when fighters from the group tried to take over the neighborhood military general in a key city in southern Russia. They started marching towards Moscow without encountering any obstacles. However, their rebellion ended in less than 24 hours as part of an alleged settlement.

The Kremlin said it had reached an agreement with Prigozhin, under which he and the group’s fighters would go into exile in Belarus and no charges would be brought against them. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday lambasted the organizers of the failed weekend uprising (the biggest ever threat to Putin’s power), calling them traitors and refraining from naming Prigozhin, saying the rebellion The organizers tried to force the group’s private soldiers to “shoot their own soldiers”.

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