Putin confirms Russian pilots killed during aborted mutiny

Putin confirms Russian pilots killed during aborted mutiny

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid tribute to the pilots who lost their lives during the failed mutiny over the weekend. Reports from military bloggers confirmed that several planes were shot down by Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner militia. The Wagner fighters took control of Rostov-on-Don and its military command center, which steered the Ukraine campaign. They then drove an armed convoy within 200 km of Moscow before aborting their insurrection. Putin praised the courage and self-sacrifice of the fallen pilots, stating that they saved Russia from tragic and devastating consequences.

There is no official information on the number of pilots who died or how many aircraft were shot down. However, some Russian Telegram channels, including the blog Rybar with over a million subscribers, reported that 13 Russian pilots were killed during the day-long mutiny. Among the aircraft downed were three Mi-8 MTPR electronic warfare helicopters and an Il-18 aircraft with its crew. RushHourDaily could not independently verify the reports, and it was unclear in what circumstances the aircraft were shot down and pilots killed.

Putin deliberately let the mutiny go on as long as it did to avoid bloodshed, blaming Wagner for the deaths that did occur. He accused them of lying to the pilots and pushing them to death under fire, to shoot their own. Putin did not mention Prigozhin’s name in his speech, but he said that Wagner fighters who decided not to sign contracts with the army under a Defense Ministry order could either relocate to Belarus or simply return to their families.

One senior Russian lawmaker, Leonid Slutsky, called for punishment for those rebels who killed the pilots, in fact, their comrades-in-arms. He believes that forgiveness should not apply to them and that they should be brought to justice and suffer the most severe punishment.

In conclusion, Lidia Kelly reported this news from Melbourne, and Lincoln Feast edited it. The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles guide their reporting.

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