US Intel Knew of Putin Mutiny Days in Advance

U.S. Intel Knew of Putin Mutiny Days in Advance

( – Tanks and armored personnel vehicles began rolling from Ukraine and the Southern Russia Border toward Moscow, commanded by some of the fiercest elite Russian mercenary troops, the Wagner Group. Their leader, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, planned to revamp the Russian military after generals allegedly fired missiles on one of his bases, killing scores of his men. US Intelligence operatives learned days in advance that “Putin’s Chef,” one of Prigozhin’s nicknames because of the catering contracts he fulfills for the Kremlin, was planning to mutiny — in part because he warned them in advance.

The mercenary commander realized the importance of warning the US about his intentions, as risky as leaking his plan was, because of Russia’s nuclear capability. Prigozhin also clarified that he didn’t intend to oust Putin, only the military commanders like Generals Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defence Minister, and Valery Gerasimov, Russian Armer Forces General Staff Chief, and Deputy Defence Minister.

In addition to the surprise attack, Prigozhin took offense to a June 10 order from the Russian Defence Ministry requiring all volunteer detachments to sign government contracts, effectively forcing a takeover of Wagner mercenary troops, adsorbing them into the “regular” Russian military, which Prigozhin has denounced as particularly ineffective. The Wagner leader publicly protested the order.

Tensions brewed between Prigozhin and the Defence Ministry for some time, according to The Washington Post, which saw leaked intelligence documents. The Wagner Group successfully made inroads at Bakhmut, something the Defense Ministry couldn’t accomplish. But Prigozhin counted the cost at nearly 20,000 men while complaining that the Defence Ministry failed to provide adequate equipment, supplies, or support.

Prigozhin, who had turned Wagner Group into a lucrative security firm for African governments before the Ukraine war, threatened to pull his mercenaries from the fight — a prospect that would have undermined the Defence Ministry’s authority and likely resulted in the June 10 order.

As Prigozhin and the Wagner Group closed on Moscow on Sunday, June 25, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko negotiated a deal between the mercenary leader and the Kremlin, according to Fox News. The Defence Ministry would adsorb the Wagner Group, and all fighters would receive amnesty for their part in the mutiny. The Russian government would allow Prigozhin to retreat to Belarus. However, experts worldwide are still assessing the damage Prigozhin’s rebellion may have caused.

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