Wagner Group against Putin: Mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin accuses the Kremlin of planning a tactical nuclear strike on the Belgorod region.
Belgorod – The dispute between the Wagner Group and the Kremlin continues to escalate. Just recently, Russian soldiers allegedly shot at the mercenaries in Bakhmut. As a result, the private army captured a Russian lieutenant colonel, who is blamed for the attack. Now Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is speculating that Russia could be planning a tactical nuclear strike on its own Belgorod region.
In a video interview with the Donbass Today Telegram channel, he said: "I am afraid that they are toying with the idea of dropping a small nuclear bomb on their own territory. It's scary to throw them into foreign territory, but we can meet our own to show how sick and psychotic we are." For example, the nuclear strike could be directed against a Russian village in the Belgorod region, which will be occupied by forces from Ukraine in the future.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner mercenaries. © IMAGO/Lev Borodin
Prigozhin threatens: Wagner Group could turn against the Kremlin in Ukraine war
The American news portal Newsweek also reports that Prigozhin also gave an ultimatum to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow in the interview. For example, he indicated that he would direct his troops against Vladimir Putin if the required supply of ammunition continued to fail to materialize. So it could be that he goes with the Wagner group personally to the ministry to demand new projectiles and rockets. For some time now, he has accused the Russian leadership of deliberately denying the mercenaries supplies.
On Monday (5 June), the "Free Russia" Legion, which had launched the fighting in the Belgorod region of Russia, made Prigozhin an offer. For example, they wanted to exchange a captured Wagner mercenary for the Russian lieutenant colonel. According to the Wagner boss, however, the detainee was not a prisoner of war, so that a trade was not possible. Prigozhin also added: "The Wagner Group does not exchange Russians for Russians." (Jakob von Sass)