An attempted military coup, in photos Prigozhin’s Wagner Group took control of Rostov-on-Don, but stopped short of Moscow
On the evening of June 23, mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin reported that Wagner Group would be leading a “march of justice” toward Moscow. This decision came after a long period of conflict with Russia’s Defense Ministry, and, according to Prigozhin, due to the Defense Ministry allegedly launching a missile attack against his fighters at a “rear base” (this has not been confirmed). Overnight, Wagner Group captured Rostov-on-Don and then proceeded on past Voronezh. The Russian army occasionally resisted, and there were reports of losses. On June 24, just after 8:30 p.m. Moscow time, Prigozhin abruptly announced that Wagner forces would stand down and retreat to their field camps. The following photos show Wagner Group fighters en route to Moscow, before Prigozhin called off the coup.
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