Putin denounces Wagner actions as treason, promises harsh punishment

Russian President Putin condemns a pro-Kremlin mercenary uprising as treason and promises harsh punishment.

Addressing the nation: Putin calls the uprising organized against the Defense Ministry a “stab in the back” that risks undermining Russia’s war efforts in Ukraine.
* He calls for those participating in the rebellion to stop their criminal activity.

The target: While not naming anyone directly, Putin’s remarks seem aimed at Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was formally charged with “inciting an armed revolt.”
* Prigozhin accuses the Russian military of carrying out lethal attacks on his soldiers and has vowed to remove Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu by force.

Growing conflict: Prigozhin claims that his soldiers have control of several military installations in Rostov-on-Don, a key city for Russia’s war effort in Ukraine.
* In response, authorities have introduced “anti-terrorism operations” in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don to restore order.

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