"We should not rush to conclusions": Budanov on Prigozhin's death and the fate of Wagner Group
Ukrainian military intelligence is in no hurry to draw conclusions about the death of the leader of the Russian Wagner private military company Yevgeny Prigozhin. He allegedly died in a plane crash near Tver in August 2023, but there is no evidence of this.
This was stated by the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov. He was asked about this during an interview with Financial Time journalists.
He noted that Wagner definitely exists today. As for Prigozhin's death, the DIU chief advises not to jump to conclusions.
"I am not saying that he is dead or alive. I'm saying that there is no evidence that he is dead," Budanov replied.
The publication noted that the West is considering a version of Prigozhin's contract killing, in which Russian dictator Vladimir Putin himself was involved. At the same time, foreign journalists recalled that the Kremlin denied this involvement. They claimed that DNA confirmed Prigozhin's death. However, his body was never shown in public.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal published an article in which it wrote that the elimination of the Wagner leader was organized by the director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the head of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. According to the newspaper's sources in Western intelligence agencies, Putin was shown the plan to kill Prigozhin.