In a series of unprecedented events, Russian President Vladimir Putin broke his silence regarding the plane crash that claimed the life of Yevgeny Prigozhin in a response that will send chills down your spine.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, made his first public comments on the recent plane crash, which was highly anticipated by the globe.
The crash occurred northwest of Moscow, leading to the unfortunate demise of all onboard, including Yevgeny Prigozhin, the infamous Wagner mercenary group leader who led an attempted military coup in Moscow in June.
Russia’s aviation agency confirmed the tragic outcome, with authorities still in the process of identifying the victims’ remains.
Putin extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, “First of all, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of all the victims, this is always a tragedy.”
During a meeting in the Kremlin with Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Putin admitted that “preliminary information suggests that Wagner Group employees were also on board.”
Reflecting on Prigozhin’s past, Putin acknowledged the Wagner chief as a “talented man, a talented businessman.”
While recognizing Prigozhin’s abilities, Putin notes the “serious mistakes in life” that marred the Wagner leader’s journey, a chilling hint at the attempted military coup that resulted in Prighozin’s exile to Belarus.
Crash After a Coup
The plane crash coincided with the aftermath of Prigozhin and Wagner’s coup, the moment that shook Putin’s rule and nearly cost the Russian President his power.
Days after the rebellion, Putin condemned the organizers as “traitors,” marking a significant challenge to Russia’s stability, a move that some say could have ended the war in Ukraine.
A witness described the crash scene, “It glided down on one wing. It didn’t nose-dive, it was gliding,” they said in horror.
Vowing to Uncover the Truth
Prigozhin’s demise fueled speculations about who caused the plane crash, sparking a debate on the shady actions of Russia’s president.
Russian authorities initiated a criminal investigation, vowing to uncover the truth behind the plane crash.
US officials remained cautious, evaluating various possibilities, including the presence of an explosive device onboard.
Amidst the uncertainty, sources suggest that the plane’s downing might have been a deliberate act to eliminate Prigozhin.
“Killed By Putin”
Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder debunks surface-to-air missile claims while affirming Prigozhin’s demise in the crash.
US President Joe Biden, Russia critic Bill Browder, and Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak have declared their belief that Putin was behind the crash.
Russian individuals, speaking anonymously, shared their opinions on the crash, “He was killed by Putin, who does not forgive betrayal,” said a Moscow resident.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky distances his country from the incident, asserting that Ukraine bears no responsibility.
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