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US: Putin’s Power Cracks as Wagner Rebellion Unfolds in Russia-Ukraine War

June 26, 2023 | By Kali Girl

The rebellion by the Wagner Group signals cracks emerging in Putin’s power, according to US officials, reports the Independent. Despite its brief duration, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described the mutiny as a “direct challenge to Putin’s authority.”

In a truce negotiated with Vladimir Putin, Wagner’s leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, will be sent into exile in Belarus. The armed rebellion, which had been rapidly advancing towards Moscow, was called off just in time to avoid bloodshed.

By halting the Wagner soldiers’ assault on Moscow, Prigozhin and his men evaded potential criminal charges related to the attempted coup, as confirmed by the Kremlin.

Although the mutiny was aborted, on ABC’s “This Week” Blinken said, “I don’t think we’ve seen the final act.”

Blinken highlighted the escalating tensions that led to the action, emphasizing their months-long build-up. He further warned that the internal unrest could potentially undermine Moscow’s military capabilities in Ukraine.

Blinken told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, “We’ve seen more cracks emerge in the Russian facade. It is too soon to tell exactly where they go, and when they get there. But certainly, we have all sorts of new questions that Putin is going to have to address in the weeks and months ahead.”

Blinken described the mayhem as an “internal matter” for Putin.

“Our focus is resolutely and relentlessly on Ukraine, making sure that it has what it needs to defend itself and to take back territory that Russia seized,” Blinken said.

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