- Mercenary Wagner Group’s boss Yevgeny Prigozhin says he has ordered his forces, who had been advancing on Moscow, to turn around and return to their bases to avoid bloodshed.
- Earlier, authorities in Moscow and the surrounding area said they had declared a “counterterrorism” state of emergency after Prigozhin claimed his forces were in control of military sites in Rostov.
Wagner crisis exposes fault lines in Russia: Observers
Wagner boss Prigozhin to move to Belarus, Kremlin says
Wagner mercenary force chief Yevgeny Prigozhin will move to Belarus under a deal brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to end an armed mutiny that Prigozhin had led against Russia’s military leadership, the Kremlin has said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that Lukashenko had offered to mediate, with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agreement, because he had known Prigozhin personally for around 20 years.