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Ukraine News: Lukashenko in power: Kremlin wanted to “kill” Wagner rebels – Prigozhin probably in Belarus

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According to Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin Initially during the rise of the Wagner mercenaries Opted for the solution of violence. Putin called him on Saturday morning and explained the situation, Lukashenko says, Belarusian state news agency Belda reported. Lukashenko said he understood that a difficult decision had already been made in the Kremlin to “kill” the Wagner people. He then got on the phone with the mercenary leader, Evgeny Prigogine.

“In the first round we only sparred at each other for 30 minutes,” Lukashenko continued. Prigogine was “pleasant”. He demanded talks with Putin, the surrender of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Valery Gerasimov and threatened to march on Moscow. Lukashenko’s response: “In half they’ll crush you like a bug.”

According to Lukashenko, Prigozhin signaled in the afternoon that he would end his insurgency only after several more rounds of negotiations, provided he and his people were guaranteed security. He then offered to escort Prigogine and the Wagner militia to his country.

According to official reports, Lukashenko, a close ally of the Kremlin leader, mediated between Putin and Prigozhin in Saturday’s brief uprising by Wagner mercenary units and persuaded him to step down. In return, the Kremlin granted Prigozhin immunity.

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