| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

US intelligence: defections in Russian army in favor of Wagner

Unexpected developments have unfolded in the Russian arena in the past hours, following the announcement by Wagner Group commander Yevgeny Prigozhin of a military mutiny against the Russian army.

A senior official at the US Department of Defense told “Sky News Arabia” that US intelligence agencies have observed a significant number of Russian soldiers defecting from their military leadership and joining the ranks of the “Wagner” forces in the past hours.

The official, who requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, added that the operations carried out by “Wagner” are receiving widespread support from Russian soldiers and officers deployed in Ukraine, as well as in Russian territories and bases near the Ukrainian borders.
In response to a question about whether Wagner possesses the capabilities and military readiness to reach Moscow, the official stated that all possibilities are on the table. He emphasized the need to monitor the movements of senior generals within the Russian Ministry of Defense in the coming hours to determine the trajectory of the Wagner mutiny.

  • Sawt Beirut International