Yevgeny Prigozhin, the owner of Wagner, made an announcement in a voice recording stating that his men had reached a distance of 200 km from Moscow without any bloodshed. To prevent further violence, he has ordered his men to turn around and return to their bases.
According to reliable sources, the deal between Putin and Prigozhin brokered by Lukashenko includes granting Prigozhin’s desired outcome of removing the head of the Russian Defense Minister, Shoigu.
As per the agreement, Defense Minister Shoigu is expected to resign, and Wagner’s fighters will receive immunity and avoid prosecution. Additionally, some of them may be incorporated into the Russian army.
Prigozhin has proven his strength by challenging Putin’s authority, effectively outmaneuvering the Russian Minister of Defense. Putin, seemingly concerned about the situation, ultimately yielded to Prigozhin’s demands and granted him the removal of Shoigu.
Prigozhin’s actions have caused a significant disturbance in the defense ministries of numerous countries worldwide for nearly a day, only to abruptly depart as if nothing had occurred.
Undoubtedly, he has solidified his position as one of the most influential figures in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, if not the most powerful.