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Wagner Chief vows to topple Russian military leaders

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed Saturday on an "attempted armed rebellion," the Kremlin said, after the leader of the mercenary Wagner Group claimed control of military facilities in Rostov-on-Don, a key Russian city near the Ukrainian border. Forces loyal to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the mercenary leader, were traveling north toward Moscow in the "most significant challenge to the Russian state in recent times," The head of Russia's Wagner mercenary group has vowed to "go all the way" to topple Russia's military leadership, hours after the Kremlin accused him of "armed rebellion". Yevgeny Prigozhin said his Wagner fighters had crossed the border from Ukraine into Russia, entering the city of Rostov-on-Don. Mr Prigozhin said his men would destroy anyone who stood in their way. The local governor urged citizens there to keep calm and stay indoors.

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