According to Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine’s military intelligence chief, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has been assigned the mission of eliminating Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the mercenary group known as the Wagner Group. Budanov revealed this information in an interview with the War Zone media outlet.
Budanov explained that any potential assassination attempts on Prigozhin would require time to develop and execute properly. He noted that it remains uncertain whether such attempts would be successful or if the FSB would have the audacity to carry out the order.
On 27 June, the FSB announced the closure of the criminal case regarding Prigozhin’s armed insurrection. The rebellion was initiated by Prigozhin, who launched a “march for justice” against Russian military leaders following an alleged missile attack on Wagner troops in Ukraine. The mercenaries occupied the city of Rostov and embarked on a march to Moscow, covering a distance of 200 kilometers. However, the rebellion abruptly ended within 24 hours of its commencement.
The development highlights the internal strife and power dynamics within Russia, with Prigozhin’s rebellion posing a challenge to the authorities. The FSB’s assignment to liquidate Prigozhin reflects the seriousness with which the Russian government views the situation. The outcome of this endeavor and its potential implications remain uncertain.