Russia tries to project a sense of order after mercenary revolt

Uncertainty still swirls after aborted march on Moscow


Last updated 6/28/2023 at 7:33am

Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

In this photo released today by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, and Yevgeny Nikiforov, the commander of the Western Military District, right, inspect at an undisclosed location of Ukraine a command post of one of the formations of the Zapad (West) group of Russian troops. Shoigu made his first public appearance Monday since a mercenary uprising demanded his ouster, inspecting troops in Ukraine. The mercenary Wagner Group, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, which has been fighting alongside Russian troops in the invasino of Ukraine, conducted an uprising over the weekend. Wagner mercenaries demanding Shoigun's ouster left Ukraine to seize a military headquarters in a southern Russian city and roll seemingly unopposed for hundreds of miles toward Moscow, before turning around after less than 24 hours Saturday.

The Associated Press

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made his first public appearance since a mercenary uprising demanded his ouster, inspecting troops in Ukraine in a video released today aimed at projecting a sense of order after the country's most serious political crisis in decades.

But uncertainty still swirled about his fate, that of rebellion leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and his private army, the impact on the war in Ukraine, and even the political future of President Vladimir Putin.

A feud between Wagner Group leader Prigozhin and Russia's military brass that has festered thro...

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