Prigozhin is coming to "take" Moscow: where the Wagner PMC forces have advanced and how much equipment Shoigu's troops have lost. Online map
Russian mercenaries from the Wagner PMC have already entered the Moscow region and passed the town of Barabanovo, a 2.5-hour drive from the capital. As it has become known, President Vladimir Putin has strengthened his personal security.
Despite the fact that Russian aviation bombed the mercenaries' convoys, analysts estimate that the losses of the Russian Armed Forces far exceed the amount of equipment lost by the Wagner mercenaries. Russian media write about the course of the "civil war" in Russia.
In the morning, the owner of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said that mercenaries controlled all military facilities in Rostov-on-Don, including the headquarters of the Russian Ministry of Defence and a military airfield.
He recorded several videos from the headquarters of the Southern Military District. According to Prigozhin, the Wagnerites seized full control of the military facilities by 7:30 a.m.
In one of the videos, speaking with the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, Prigozhin issued an ultimatum: if Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov did not come to him, the mercenaries would continue to hold Rostov and march on Moscow.
Later it became known that groups of Wagnerites had appeared in the Voronezh region. In particular, they were spotted on the southern outskirts of Voronezh, not far from the local institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
"PMC forces have moved towards Voronezh. Videos and photos show that there is a lot of military equipment and people in uniform near the city. The governor said that 'operational and combat measures' were being taken," Russian media wrote.
And the mercenaries themselves recorded an appeal from Voronezh calling on people not to stand in their way.
The mercenaries were travelling along the M-4 Don federal highway, where, according to Russian media reports, they were attacked by Russian aircraft. Russian pilots dropped FABs on cars travelling along the road, which contained both mercenaries and civilians.
In response, the Wagnerites began shooting down Russian aircraft: at least three military helicopters (two Mi-8s and one Mi-35) and one plane were reported downed: according to the Oryx project, it was an Il-22, while Russian media reported that an An-24 transport plane crashed.
According to analysts of the OSINT project Oryx, which began counting the loss of equipment in the armed conflict between the Russian Armed Forces and the Wagner PMC, as of 13:00, the Russian military had lost an Il-22 aircraft, two helicopters designed for electronic warfare, one Mi-35 helicopter, a Tiger combat vehicle, and a military KamAZ truck. The aircraft were destroyed and the vehicles were seized.
According to Oryx, PMC Wagner lost only one UAZ.
There have also been reports of military clashes between PMCs and the Russian Armed Forces in the Voronezh region.
Thus, one of the clashes took place in Voronezh region, near the village of Rohachivka.
"Fighting has started in the village of Rohachivka, Voronezh region. Local residents are evacuating. In addition, according to the newspaper, soldiers of the Wagner PMC were spotted near the local oil depot," local media reported.
Later, it became known about a massive fire at the oil depot.
Russian propagandists also reported clashes on the Rostov-Moscow highway, near the village of Kazachi Lageri.
There was allegedly the first military clash between the advanced groups of the Wagner PMC, which were moving towards Moscow, and the Rosgvardia units. As a result of the firefight, the Russian Guard reportedly fled, abandoning their weapons and several armoured personnel carriers, while the Wagner column under the command of Dmitry Utkin continued to move towards Moscow.
As of 13:00, according to Igor Girkin, the former leader of the "DPR" terrorists, Wagner mercenaries have entered the territory of Lipetsk region.
"The rebels have successfully passed Voronezh and are advancing through the territory of Lipetsk region. They boast that they have knocked down the advanced outposts of the Rosgvardia and taken trophies," he wrote.
Russian public media reports that the personnel are travelling in tented trucks, with the total number of soldiers in one convoy allegedly being approximately 4,000.
Thus, if the mercenaries manage to pass through the Lipetsk region, only one region will separate them from the Moscow region: Tula Oblast.
Later, the Russian media began to write about the Wagnerites' stay in the Lipetsk region. According to their estimates, at this rate of advance, the mercenaries would be in Moscow in four hours.
As of 15.30, the network reported that Wagner's advanced units had entered the Tula region.
Also, according to media reports, the VKontakte social network blocked the Wagner PMC group at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office.
Meanwhile, preparations are underway in Moscow, which has temporarily suspended traffic on the Moskva River and restricted the operation of marinas. The Russian National Guard is taking up positions along the Kashirskoye highway at the entrance to Moscow, waiting for Prigozhin and his troops.
At the same time, the mayor of the Russian capital, Sergei Sobyanin, said that the entrances to and exits from Moscow were not blocked and there were no restrictions. He noted that traffic difficulties could arise due to increased checks.
The day before, Prigozhin declared "war" on Shoigu: since the morning of 24 June, buildings have been seized in Rostov-on-Don, shootings have been reported in Voronezh Oblast, and a lot of military equipment and armed men have been spotted in several regions. A counter-terrorist operation was declared even in Moscow and the Moscow region, and in several regions people were urged not to leave their homes.
According to Prigozhin, mercenaries control all military facilities in Rostov, including the airfield. He issued an ultimatum to Shoigu.
In connection with the events, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an emergency address. He attacked Prigozhin and spoke about the risk of surrender, as well as the fact that the rebels had stabbed Russia in the back.
Meanwhile, a map was posted online showing the confrontation between Shoigu's troops and the Wagner PMC. According to the map, Wagner already controls Rostov and Voronezh.