Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has revealed that he cautioned Yevgeny Prigozhin about potential life-threatening dangers when the Wagner mercenary leader advanced towards Moscow in June. This advance occurred prior to the plane crash that is presumed to have resulted in Prigozhin’s demise. The situation unfolded during a mutiny that posed a challenge to Vladimir Putin’s authority in Russia. Lukashenko recounted his conversation with Prigozhin, in which he starkly warned that Prigozhin would meet his end if he persisted in marching on Moscow. In response, Prigozhin apparently defiantly declared, “To hell with it – I will die.”
Lukashenko further shared that during a meeting with Prigozhin and his associate Dmitry Utkin, both of whom were passengers on the crashed Embraer Legacy 600, he offered a cautionary message: “Lads – you watch out.”
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has vehemently denied any involvement in the plane crash, which is believed to have claimed Prigozhin’s life. The Russian government has dismissed Western speculations about their alleged role in the incident as “a complete lie.”
Shifting focus to the military front, reports indicate that Russia is in the process of reorganizing its forces in the eastern part of Ukraine under Moscow’s control. This move is seen as preparation for a potential resumption of offensive actions. Ukrainian Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, who leads the military’s ground forces, provided insights into this development on the battlefield.