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Putin sides with military chiefs over placing Wagner under direct control

By Pjotr Sauer and Andrew Roth

14 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Putin has called for Russia's "volunteer detachments" fighting in Ukraine to be placed under the direct control of the defense ministry, undermining mercenary warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin.

After a destructive feud between his top military chiefs and the mercenary warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin, Vladimir Putin has appeared to side with his top brass, calling for Russia’s “volunteer detachments” fighting in Ukraine to be placed under the direct control of the defence ministry.

The decision severely undermines Prigozhin, who has turned Wagner’s role in the capture of Bakhmut into an outsized public profile in Russia that he uses to berate Putin’s generals and promote himself.

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