Prigozhin agreed to pay 50 million rubles for downed pilots Spektr

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A downed Il-22 in the Voronezh region.  Screenshot from the video recording of the VChK-OGPU telegram channel.
A downed Il-22 in the Voronezh region. Screenshot from the video recording of the VChK-OGPU telegram channel.

The founder of Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose fighters shot down a plane and several helicopters of the Russian Defense Ministry during the mutiny, agreed to pay compensation for the dead pilots, Channel One war correspondent Irina Kuksenkova reported.

“Prigozhin agreed to pay 50 million compensation to the families of the dead pilots,” she wrote in a telegram.

According to her information, when Prigozhin was asked at the headquarters of the southern military district why his fighters shot down the plane, he replied that the “fool pvoshnik” was to blame, who shot down everything that took off near the Wagner column.

Kuksenkova added that there were ten people on board the downed Il-22.

Earlier, the Oryx research project, which, based on photo and video evidence, counts the losses of the parties in the war in Ukraine, reported that during the Prigozhin rebellion, the forces of the Russian Defense Ministry lost six helicopters in addition to Il-22. According to pro-Russian telegram channels, at least 13 people died as a result of this.

On the evening of June 23, Yevgeny Prigozhin announced that the Russian Defense Ministry launched missile attacks on the rear camps of Wagner PMCs and announced a “march of justice” to Moscow. The next day, Wagner units took control of the headquarters of the southern military district in Rostov-on-Don and set off for the capital in several columns. When the troops had to reach Moscow about 200 kilometers, it became known about the negotiations between Prigozhin and Alexander Lukashenko, who, as his press service reported, acted on his own initiative, but “in agreement with Putin.”

As a result of the negotiations, Prigozhin announced his return to the field camps: “We are turning our columns around and leaving in the opposite direction to the field camps according to the plan.” The Kremlin said that Prigozhin would leave for Belarus, the case of the rebellion against him would be dropped, and the Wagner units that did not participate in the rebellion would be able to sign contracts with the Russian Defense Ministry. They also clarified that they would not prosecute the PMC fighters who took part in the rebellion, “taking into account their merits at the front.”





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