Vladimir Putin broke his silence on the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin this Thursday. “On this plane crash, I would first like to express my sincere condolences to the families of all the victims, it is always a tragedy.” The primary data indicate that Wagner employees were on board. These are people who have made significant contributions to our common cause of fighting the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine. “We remember it, we know it and we will not forget it,” said the Russian President at the start of his meeting in the Kremlin Denis Puschlinthe leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
“I have known Prigozhin for a long time, since the early 1990s. He was a man with a difficult fate. He made serious mistakes in his life. “He got the results he needed for himself and when I asked him about the common cause, as I have done for the past few months,” the Russian leader said in a cold, calculated and distant tone, broadcast live on national television became. A little over 24 hours had passed since the demolition of the plane carrying Prigozhin, his lieutenant Dmitry Utkin and eight other people. An incident for which the Wagner broadcasters blame the Russian armed forces, which responded in retaliation for the armed mutiny of the leader of the mercenary group in late June.
However, Putin was not sparing in praising his former head of the catering service. “He was a talented person, a talented businessmanHe worked not only in our country, but also abroad, especially in Africa. There he dealt with oil, gas, precious metals and other materials. “He came back from Africa only yesterday and met some officials here,” he said of Prigozhin. “But what is absolutely certain, the head of the commission of inquiry told me this morning, is that they have already opened a preliminary investigation into this incident.”