Defence Minister’s Public Appearance
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has made his first public appearance since a mercenary uprising demanded his removal from office. In a video released by the Defence Ministry, Shoigu can be seen inspecting troops in Ukraine and attending a meeting with military officers. This marks the first sighting of three influential Russian leaders, including Yevgeny Prigozhin and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, since the uprising ended.
End of Counter-Terrorism Regime
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has announced the end of the “counter-terrorism regime” imposed on the capital. The regime involved the deployment of troops and armored vehicles at checkpoints surrounding the city, along with road closures. These measures were implemented in response to the mercenary uprising and its advancement towards Moscow. The announcement signifies a return to normalcy in the city.
Deal with Mercenary Chief
The rebellion came to a conclusion when Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the mercenary group known as the Wagner Group, ordered his troops to retreat. The Kremlin has stated that a deal has been reached, allowing Prigozhin and his soldiers to move to Belarus and receive amnesty. However, specific details of the agreement have not been disclosed. The revolt posed a significant challenge to President Vladimir Putin, and its resolution raises questions about potential changes in Russia’s military leadership.