Putin Flees After Forces Near Moscow

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly fled Moscow in the wake of a coup attempt by Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner Group forces, which was recently resolved via a peace deal brokered by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Even though the Wagner rebellion only lasted a mere 36 hours, the 25,000-member army reportedly got within 125 miles south of Moscow within 24 hours before the coup was called off, according to Prigozhin. Prigozhin originally initiated the coup after accusing the Russian military of striking his military installations in Ukraine. The Wagner Group had originally been helping the Russian military carry out its invasion of the country.

As part of the deal, the Russian government will not pursue a criminal case against Prigohzin, who now flees to Belarus to live in exile. Wagner soldiers will also not be prosecuted, and those who did not participate in the coup are allowed to join the Russian military, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov.

The attempted coup has most likely humiliated Russia on the world stage, as Putin, facing the most dangerous threat to his 23-year reign, had to appeal to Belarus to broker a deal between Putin and Prigozhin. Belarus has been widely considered to be a vassal state of Russia.

As former U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan noted on Sunday, June 25, the deal exposes a grave weakness in Putin’s resolve. According to Sullivan, the tables have turned drastically, especially since Lukashenko has Putin to thank for helping him become president in Belarus. Now, it would appear the shoe is on the other foot, with Putin having to appeal to a lesser vassal state to stay in power.

According to John Ullyot, former Marine corps intelligence officer and Security Council spokesperson for the Trump administration, Prigohzin’s forces would have faced “massive casualties” from the Russian military, which has “absolute superiority in the air.”

Former Undersecretary of Defense Ezra Cohen also warned that the Wagner coup could be the first of many in Russia, as Putin’s grip over the country is sure to come under more scrutiny ever since he fled Moscow.

Putin’s private plane was last seen on radar traveling toward the St. Petersburg area before disappearing near the city of Tver, where the Russian president has a private retreat.

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