Putin Sparks Controversy by Acknowledging that Prigozhin ‘Made some serious Mistakes’ Before his Death
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his respects to the late Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner Group and once an ally, who tragically lost his life in a plane crash on Wednesday. In a televised address, Putin recounted his decades-long acquaintance with Prigozhin, acknowledging his complex journey. While alluding to Prigozhin’s past insurrection attempt, Putin remarked on his significant life missteps.”This individual’s life path was intricate, marked by errors in judgment, yet he also exhibited a determination to achieve desired outcomes,” Putin stated, noting instances when Prigozhin aligned his efforts with the broader objectives, especially in recent times.Putin expressed condolences to the families of the Wagner soldiers, who had been active participants in the Ukrainian conflict. “It is important to recognize their substantial contributions to our collective struggle against the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine. Their legacy remains indelible,” he emphasized.The plane crash claimed the lives of all 10 individuals onboard, including crew members and passengers. The preliminary investigation has been initiated to ascertain the causes behind the tragic incident. “I have been informed by the head of the Investigative Committee that a comprehensive inquiry has been launched. We are committed to uncovering the truth. The ongoing tests, encompassing both technical and genetic assessments, are time-intensive but necessary,” Putin assured.Yevgeny Prigozhin had previously orchestrated a rebellion in June, during which his forces shifted from Ukraine to capture the city of Rostov on Don in southern Russia, alongside a threat to advance towards Moscow. This confrontation was the culmination of months of strained relations with Russian military commanders amid the Ukrainian conflict. The impasse was eventually resolved through an agreement that allowed Wagner troops to relocate to Belarus or integrate into the Russian armed forces.Following the uprising, which Putin branded Prigozhin a “traitor,” the figure had maintained a low profile. His final appearance was documented in a video filmed in Africa, as of Tuesday.