On Saturday, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner group, announced that they successfully seized control of the army headquarters in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, without any violence. He claimed that their operation had local support.
Prigozhin’s fighters crossed the border from occupied Ukraine overnight. They targeted the strategic army headquarters in the southern city, which plays a crucial role in coordinating Moscow’s military activities in Ukraine.
Why does the country support us? Because we went on a march of justice,” Prigozhin said in his latest audio message on the Telegram social media platform.
“We got to Rostov. Without a single shot, we captured the building of the (army) HQ,” he said.
He said the mercenaries “had not touched a single soldier, we did not kill a single person on our way” and claimed his men had been hit by strikes from “artillery and after that from helicopters.”
Furthermore, Prigozhin asserted that the residents of Rostov supported his cause. He stated that his fighters diligently cleared the area of any mines surrounding the building they occupied in Rostov.
In response to President Vladimir Putin’s accusation of treason during his address to the Russian people, Prigozhin, known for his outspoken nature, issued a strong rebuttal.
“On treason of the motherland: the president is deeply wrong. We are patriots of our motherland,” he said.