Russian Mercenary Wagner Group Chief Prigozhin Reported Killed in Crash of Plane Shot Down by Russia

Russian mercenary Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin is reported to have been on an Embraer Legacy 600 private jet owned by the Wagner Group that crashed after being shot down over Tver, Russia by Russian military on Wednesday with no survivors among the reported seven passengers and three crew members. The jet was reported on a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg when it was reportedly taken down by two air defense missiles. Other Wagner Group leaders including Dmitry Utkin were reported on the plane.

Prigozhin, who rose from being “Putin’s chef” to leading a global mercenary army, staged a bizarre convoy march on Moscow two months ago, reportedly upset over President Vladimir Putin’s conduct of the war on Ukraine. A deal was reported arranged where the Wagner Group would move to neighboring Belarus. Putin has employed the Wagner Group in Ukraine, Syria and Africa as proxy fighting forces for Russia.

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Wall Street Journal reporter Yaroslov Trofimov posted reports on the incident, “It appears that the Prigozhin owned jet was shot down by Russian air defenses…Ten people dead after a Prigozhin-owned jet was shot down near Tver in Russia, per Tass.”

Trofimov added, “Prigozhin was aboard the plane that was downed by the Russian air defenses, per Tass.”

Photo from the crash scene:

Jack Posobiec reposted video of the crash scene, “A private jet belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin has crashed with all 7 passengers and 3 crew reportedly dying upon impact. Prigozhin was, per the passenger manifest, listed as being on the plane. There are also reports a second plane of its type belonging to Prigozhin has currently turned around and is landing in Moscow.”

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1694398300059836461

More videos from the crash scene:

Simon Ateba on Tuesday posted a recent video of Prigozhin recruiting forces to fight in Africa, “JUST IN: Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is in Africa to encourage people to join his ranks. His video was posted on Telegram channels linked to the Wagner group. It shows Prigozhin in combat gear, saying the group is making Africa “more free.” Prigozhin’s soldiers are embedded in countries including Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR). In the video, Prigozhin says Wagner is fighting Islamist militants and other criminals. “Justice and happiness – for the African people, we’re making life a nightmare for ISIS (Islamic State), Al-Qaeda, and other bandits.” “We are working. The temperature is +50 – everything as we like. Wagner PMC conducts reconnaissance and search actions, making Russia even greater on all continents, and Africa even more free,” Prigozhin can be heard saying.”

UPDATE: A second Wagner Group jet was reported in the air Wednesday, flying from St. Petersburg to Moscow and taking an unusual flight path.

A Russian journalist reported Prigozhin had just returned from Africa:

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