After its march toward Moscow, what’s next for Russia’s Wagner Group?

The Wagner Group, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, halted its advance toward Moscow, leaving its future uncertain amid a potential confrontation with the Russian military.

Backdrop: The Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary group, has been involved in military engagements in Ukraine, Africa, and South America, but halted its advance toward Moscow after Prigozhin warned against potential bloodshed.
* Prigozhin, once a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been declared a “traitor” and will head to Belarus.

The feud: Before the uprising, the Wagner Group and Russia’s Ministry of Defense were engaged in a war of words, leading to Prigozhin organizing the march on Moscow.
* Observers speculate that Prigozhin’s motivation might be to gain more influence and resources for his fighters in the conflict in Ukraine.

What’s next: It remains unclear whether the Wagner Group will be disbanded and what impact this could have in conflict zones like Ukraine, where mercenaries have been operating.
* Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says charges against Prigozhin and his forces will be dropped, but there is no word on the possibility of disbanding the Wagner Group.

Future impact: Experts believe the Wagner Group could still play a key role in the war in Ukraine, with minimal immediate impact following the halted march on Moscow.
* Its continuing existence and abilities present challenges for Putin and leave many watching closely to see how the situation will unfold in the coming days.

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