The troops of the Russian Ministry of Defense launched a missile attack on the camps of PMC ‘Wagner’.
[We] died in Bakhmut, defending the honor of Russia and the Russian army, they vilely deceived us and tried to deprive us of the opportunity to defend our homes and disperse the Wagner PMC.
We were ready to make concessions to the Ministry of Defense, surrender our weapons and find a solution on how we would continue to defend our country.
But these scum they did not calm down. Today, seeing that we are not broken, they launched strikes, rocket attacks on our rear camps.
A huge number of our fighters, our comrades-in-arms, died.
We will decide how we will respond to this atrocity.
The next step is ours.
The council of commanders of the PMC Wagner made a decision.
The evil that the military leadership of the country bears must be stopped. They neglect the lives of the soldiers.
They forgot the word justice, and we will return it, so those who destroyed our guys today, those who destroyed dozens, many dozens, thousands of lives, Russian soldiers will be punished.
I ask no one to resist.
Those who will try to put up this resistance, we will consider it a threat and destroy immediately, including any roadblocks that stand in our way, any aircraft that we see over our heads.
I ask everyone to remain calm, not to succumb to provocations, to stay in their homes, preferably along our route, and not to go out.
After we finish what we started, we will return to the front to defend our Motherland.
The presidential power, the government, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Guard and other structures will continue to work in the usual manner.
We will deal with those who destroy Russian soldiers and return to the front.
Justice for the troops will be restored, and after that, justice for all of Russia.
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation commented on Prigozhin’s statements:
All messages and video frames distributed on social networks on behalf of Yevgeny Prigozhin about the alleged “strike by the RF Ministry of Defense on the rear camps of PMC Wagner” do not correspond to reality and are an informational provocation.
The armed forces of the Russian Federation continue to carry out combat missions on the line of contact with the armed forces of Ukraine in the area of the special military operation.
Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov reacted in a characteristic manner:
Vladimir Putin is aware of the situation unfolding around Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of PMC Wagner, and all necessary measures are being taken.
Troops of the National Guard and the FSB are alerted, the central office of the Wagner PMC is being searched with the use of special forces.
It is not yet known how Prigozhin’s demarche will end.