Headline RoundupJune 24th, 2023

Wagner Group Halts Advance Towards Moscow

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin is halting the mercenary group’s advance to Moscow and returning his forces to Ukraine.

The Details: The Wagner convoy had gotten within 200 km of Moscow before Prigozhin announced the decision to retreat, claiming he wanted to avoid “shedding Russian blood.” According to the office of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, a deal was brokered between Prigozhin and Russian President Vladimir Putin via Lukashenko. It reportedly includes security guarantees for Wagner Group as well as the firing of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

For Context: On Friday Night, Prigozhin declared war on the Kremlin, announcing that his troops were headed to Moscow on a “march for justice.” A Wagner military column exited Ukraine, and traveled through Rostov-on-Don, on its way to Moscow where alleged Russian forces and civilians prepared for the defense of the city. Videos surfaced online showing alleged Russian air forces being shot down by Wagner Group mercenaries. The events are the latest in a series of growing tensions between Prigozhin and the Kremlin.

Key Quotes: Prigozhin said, “We are turning our columns around and going back to field camps.” Lukashenko’s office said, “...the sides agreed that it is unacceptable to start a bloodbath in Russia’s territory. Yevgeny Prigozhin accepted Aleksandr Lukashenko’s proposal on stopping the advance of Wagner’s armed units in Russia’s territory and on further steps meant to deescalate tensions.”

How The Media Covered It: This story is still developing. Sources across the spectrum covered the news similarly.

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