Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the controversial private military company Wagner Group, has declared that his troops will retreat and return to their bases, ending their advance towards Moscow. This announcement, aimed at avoiding bloodshed, has significantly eased the situation of civil war that had put Russia on edge.
Following the capture of the city of Rostov, the Russian army launched an aerial attack on Wagner Group’s forces as they were moving towards the capital. Additionally, strict security measures were implemented at all entry roads to Moscow, and martial law along with prohibitory laws were imposed throughout the country. However, recent reports indicate a significant reduction in the conflict situation.
It is believed that talks between Wagner’s leadership and Belarus, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, played a crucial role in the decision to withdraw. Yevgeny Prigozhin had previously announced their intention to march on Moscow, aiming to remove what he described as corrupt and incompetent Russian commanders who had allegedly sabotaged the war in Ukraine. Prigozhin had expressed unwavering determination, proclaiming that they would overcome any obstacles and were unafraid of death. In response, President Putin publicly denounced the Wagner Group as traitors and vowed to swiftly suppress those involved in the coup attempt.
The reported agreement to withdraw the coup attempt was reached with assurances of the soldiers’ safety who had participated in the rebellion. Sources indicate that the intervention and mediation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko played a crucial role in taming Prigozhin and facilitating the resolution.