The bodies of two Wagner Group mercenaries were found in Ukraine and were allegedly summarily executed for not supporting Prigozhin’s June mutiny against the army.
The bodies, found in military uniforms and without identification documents, were found shot near the Voronezh-Luhansk highway.
A military jeep with a Kalashnikov-style gun was found near the scene in the Russian-held Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.
A suspected assassin named Yaroslav Shekhovtsov, 35, was reportedly arrested.
The identity of the two dead fighters could not be clarified.
A military jeep with a gun inside was found near the scene of the crime in the Voronezh region
The vehicle was found near the crime scene with a Kalashnikov rifle in the cabin
Media outlet BAZA reported that Shekhovtsov confessed to shooting the men because they did not support the armed uprising on June 24.
Shekhovtsov claimed the two men found dead were disobeying orders.
If true, it underscores the lawlessness of a supposedly pro-Kremlin military force.
According to reports, the suspect was arrested and a murder investigation opened.
Wagner has previously been accused of using a sledgehammer to kill “traitors” who showed support for Ukraine.
Last month, mercenaries from the Wagner Group marched on Moscow on orders from the head of the private military company, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
The armed uprising was allegedly directed against Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the head of the Russian armed forces, General Valery Gerasimov.
The push in late June made rapid progress, capturing Rostov and penetrating Russian territories.
Six Russian army helicopters and one plane were reportedly shot down in the clashes.
However, the mutiny did not achieve its goals, as Prigozhin negotiated peace through Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko before reaching Moscow.
The action was halted because of the risk of a bloodbath on the outskirts of Moscow, where the authorities had deployed thousands of special forces.
A pact was negotiated by Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
In it, Wagner troops – including Prigozhin – would advance to Belarus.
All charges against the Wagner group leader were eventually dropped to facilitate the move.
Finally, three weeks later, numerous Wagner mercenaries arrive in Belarus.
Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin apparently moved to Belarus after the mutiny in June
Boxes, military equipment and a Soviet-era light machine gun were seen inside the vehicle
Billionaire Prigozhin, who was accused of treason by Putin until his resignation, seems to be able to move freely between Belarus and Russia.
He was once considered close to the dictator, having hosted lavish Kremlin banquets for Putin and running internet troll factories in support of the Russian leader.
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