ALERT: He’s On the Run

( – HAPPENING NOW: On Saturday, reports suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin fled Moscow in his official plane due to the approach of mercenaries from the Wagner Group.

As per Flight Radar, Putin’s current location is uncertain after his aircraft was detected flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg and vanished from radar.

However, Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, negated the idea that Putin left the capital. He informed reporters that the president is still active in the Kremlin.

Meanwhile, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov declared that his forces are set to assist Russia in controlling the rebellion stirred up by the Wagner Group. The private mercenary group has seized control of a Russian city and has made inroads into another, posing the most significant threat to Putin’s leadership in his lengthy tenure.

A confrontation ensued between powerful Russian figures when the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and his experienced private soldiers took control of Rostov-on-Don. This city, home to nearly one million residents on the Ukraine border, is critical to Russia’s invasion logistics. The group is reportedly advancing rapidly north through western Russia.

Further reports were that Wagner forces had advanced through Voronezh, located approximately 385 miles from Moscow. The situation escalated into dramatic scenes resembling a video game as Russian military helicopters targeted a convoy of rebel mercenaries passing through Voronezh. The rebel forces consisted of troop carriers and at least one tank on a flatbed truck.

Increased security presence was noticeable on Moscow streets, with sandbags reported blocking essential routes. Metal barriers also barricaded Red Square. Videos on Twitter indicated growing violence, including an attack on what looked like a rebel convoy heading for Moscow on the M-4 highway.

Putin likened Prigozhin’s aggressive actions to the Bolshevik revolution and Russia’s civil war that began over a century ago.

“Excessive ambitions and vested interests have led to treason,” Putin said in a televised address. He drew comparisons between the current revolt, Russia’s revolution, and the civil war that broke out during World War One.

Prigozhin, a frequent critic of the Russian military’s handling of the war, rebutted Putin’s statement.

Prigozhin had earlier accused Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu of ordering a rocket strike against a Wagner camp in Ukraine, resulting in the death of 2,000 of his soldiers. He posted multiple video and audio recordings about this incident online on Friday.

In retaliation, Prigozhin promised his forces would deal with Shoigu, cautioning Russian forces against resistance and threatening to “destroy” anyone who attempted to halt them.

Prigozhin supervises a private army comprised of thousands of fighters recruited from Russian prisons. He has frequently clashed with the Russian Army’s high-ranking officers during the 16-month war.

Prigozhin believes that the Russian public supports him over Putin. He claims to have reached Rostov and seized the headquarters building without any opposition or any shots being fired. He also mentioned that locals have been welcoming, waving Wagner flags, and offering to buy food and drinks for his troops.