President Vladimir Putin addressed the country as Russia dealt with a mercenary uprising led by the Wagner Group, which has promised to depose Moscow’s military leadership.
In an address to the situation over the worsening crisis, he said, “Russia today is waging a hard fight for its future, repelling the aggression of neo-Nazis and their masters. This battle, when the fate of the people is being decided, requires the unification of all forces, unity, consolidation and responsibility. Actions that split unity are, in fact, apostasy from one’s own people, from comrades-in-arms who are fighting at the front. It was precisely such a blow that was dealt to Russia in 1917, then it all ended in the tragedy of the Civil War.”
He further added, “In the current situation, Russia is faced with betrayal, exorbitant ambitions and personal interests have led to treason. All those who deliberately embarked on the path of betrayal will suffer inevitable punishment, will answer both before the law and before the people. The Armed Forces and other state bodies have received the necessary orders, decisive actions will be taken to stabilise the situation in Rostov-on-Don. The organisers of the rebellion betrayed Russia and will answer for it.”