RUSSIA – Following the mutiny that rocked Moscow over the weekend, mercenary forces from the Wagner Group will hand over their military equipment to the Russian Armed Forces, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The revolt was provoked by the Wagner group. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense on Tuesday, “preparations are underway for the transfer of heavy military equipment ‘Wagner’ PMC (private military company) to active units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”.
The brief announcement did not provide any details regarding the type of military hardware that would be traded or a time frame for the deal to be finalized. Oryx, a Dutch open source publication, reports that Wagner fighters suffered the loss of five military vehicles during the rebellion, while Russian forces suffered the loss of six helicopters, one aircraft and two vehicles. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group, said on Friday that Russian military authorities attacked Wagner sites in Ukraine.
Prigozhin made these accusations. Prigozhin spent months battling with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russia’s top soldier, General Valery Gerasimov. The private militia has played a vital role in Moscow’s activities in the war-torn country. After that, Prigozhin’s supporters took control of the city of Rostov-on-Don, located in the southern region of Russia, and began a “march for justice” in the direction of Moscow. On the other hand, the group’s progress was suddenly interrupted on the road to the capital and the warriors withdrew under an agreement supposedly made by Belarus, a nation allied with the Kremlin.