| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Belarus, Prigozhin say Wagner halting advance

Belarusian President, along with Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of Wagner, announced that they have reached an agreement to cease the mutiny of the Wagner forces in Russia. The Wagner troops had been advancing towards Moscow.
Lukashenko’s office said the president spoke to Prigozhin with the permission of Russian President Vladimir Putin to broker a deal to halt the movement of Wagner’s mercenaries across Russia.

Belarus said an agreement that guarantees the safety of Wagner fighters is on the table.

The announcement was carried on the official Telegram channel of the Belarusian president.

Earlier, the Kremlin held out an olive branch to Prigozhin, hours after his forces sent a tank convoy toward Moscow in an apparent act of rebellion against the Russian military.

Ukrainian envoy: Collapse of Putin regime ‘a matter of time’
Andriy Melnyk, a Ukrainian foreign envoy, says it is only a matter of time before Russian President Vladimir Putin is ousted.

“With the Wagner coup, the Rubicon has been crossed and a new era of power decline and instability in Russia has been ushered in,” Melnyk told Germany’s t-online news site.

Melnyk said that while Putin may succeed in bloodily putting down the uprising and “halfway restoring order,” this will not “save the Kremlin from the internal chaos that is brewing.”

Melnyk, who served as Ukrainian ambassador to Germany from 2015 to 2022, became well-known in the country for his frank and outspoken statements.

  • DW