Regardless of saying that he and his forces had been blocked from social media, the chief of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, introduced that his forces are near the outskirts of Moscow.
The Russian billionaire carried out what he introduced within the morning, when he confirmed his intention to finish the highway and attain the Russian capital within the occasion that Protection Minister Sergey Shoigu and the Russian Chief of the Common Employees, Valery Gerasimov, didn’t come to fulfill him, which didn’t occur.
Whereas Wagner continues to advance to the highway resulting in the Russian capital, the stronghold of the Kremlin grasp, Vladimir Putin, in keeping with what was reported at present, Saturday, by the Ribar army web site.
Prigozhin’s commander introduced that his forces had been on the outskirts of the capital, although many army analysts had been skeptical.
However, the Russian authorities introduced the strengthening of safety measures at a variety of entrances to the capital.
A Russian army supply confirmed that the Wagner convoy, which is approaching Moscow, contains greater than 5,000 fighters.
And the mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, urged that motion could be prevented on some roads within the metropolis.
He additionally requested residents to not take journeys across the metropolis as a lot as doable as a result of announcement of an anti-terror operation, saying the state of affairs was “troublesome”.
Sobyanin added in an announcement that Monday will likely be a break day from work, with some exceptions, with a view to “scale back dangers”.
The circle of confrontations widened
Prigozhin’s announcement got here at a time when the circle of confrontations with the Russian military in southern Russia widened at present, Saturday.
The neighborhood of the town of Rostov, near the borders of Ukraine, which Wagner forces entered earlier at present and took management of its army leaders, witnessed an alternate of fireside between the 2 events.
Photos confirmed items of the Chechen “Ahmed” forces heading in direction of Rostov to confront Wagner’s forces.
Whereas the commander of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, introduced that his forces had crossed the close by metropolis of Voronezh and headed to Lipetsk, which threatens to develop the circle of confrontations.
This prompted the authorities within the Lipetsk area to ask residents to remain indoors for safety causes.
Whereas photos from the place confirmed a Russian helicopter concentrating on Wagner websites in Voronezh.
This comes as an enormous hearth broke out at an oil refinery in Voronezh, the place video clips confirmed clouds of smoke rising within the metropolis sky.
“Pledge to not again down”
Earlier on Saturday, Prigozhin confirmed that he had entered the overall headquarters of the military command in Rostov, which is a serious middle for the Russian assault on Ukraine, and had taken management of army websites, together with the airport. He mentioned in a video clip posted on Telegram that “army websites in Rostov are underneath management, together with the airport,” as males in army fatigues walked behind him.
Following his remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that the state of affairs in Rostov was “troublesome due to the rebel.”
All these discipline developments got here after Wagner’s commander introduced the army rebel yesterday night, pledging to not again down.