When 489 days have passed since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the frustrated uprising of the Wagner group continues to condition the evolution of the contest. The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, He has offered the mercenaries who revolted against the military leadership over the weekend to join the country’s regular army or go to Belarus with their leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin. “Today they have the opportunity to continue serving Russia by signing a contract with the Ministry of Defense (…), return to their family and friends. Or those who want can go to Belarus,” the president said in a speech to the televised nation.
For his part, Prigozhinwho has not revealed his whereabouts, assured this Monday that his mercenaries they did not march on Moscow with the intention of forcing a change in Russia’s leadership. His objective was “to preserve the security of his army” and he regretted “having fired on the Russian aircraft.” The Russian president paid tribute to the pilots who died in the attempt to put down the rebellion.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced new advances in the east and south of the countrywhile Ukrainian leaders called on their Western partners to expedite arms delivery to take advantage of the tensions caused by the rebellion of the Wagner group in the Russian power structures.
After visiting his soldiers fighting on the front line in the eastern Donetsk region, Volodymyr Zelenski celebrated the advances made on Monday by the Ukrainian army “in all directions” of the front. “Today our fighters have advanced in all directions, and it is a happy day”assured the Ukrainian president in his evening speech.