Pentagon: No info to support missile strike theory for Prigozhin crash

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Pentagon: No info to support missile strike theory for Prigozhin crash

The U.S. Department of Defense stated that there is currently no evidence to suggest that a surface-to-air missile brought down the plane believed to be carrying Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin. Air Force Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, a Pentagon spokesperson, did not provide any evidence or additional details on the cause of the crash during a press conference. Earlier reports from RushHourDaily indicated that the United States was considering various theories, including the possibility that a surface-to-air missile was responsible for the crash. However, the information is still preliminary and subject to review, and a change in the assessment has not been ruled out. Ryder emphasized that there is no information to support the reports of a missile attack. Russian air authorities have confirmed that Prigozhin, along with his associate Dmitry Utkin and eight others, were on the plane that crashed with no survivors near Moscow. The Wall Street Journal reported a different theory, suggesting that a bomb or sabotage caused the crash, citing unnamed U.S. officials. It is not uncommon for conflicting intelligence views to emerge in the aftermath of major international events. The crash occurred exactly two months after Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenaries staged a mutiny and advanced towards Moscow. U.S. President Joe Biden expressed no surprise at the reports of Prigozhin’s death, stating that there is little that happens in Russia without the involvement of President Vladimir Putin. Putin, on the other hand, offered his condolences to the families of the victims and emphasized the need to await the outcome of the official investigation. Prigozhin, the 62-year-old leader of the Wagner mercenary group, frequently criticized the Russian army’s handling of the war in Ukraine. The Embraer executive jet involved in the crash had only experienced one previous accident in over 20 years of service, and that incident was unrelated to mechanical failure. The article was reported by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, with editing by Alistair Bell and Daniel Wallis. The reporting adheres to the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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