Week in Russia-Ukraine: Wagner mutiny rattles Moscow, as counteroffensive creeps along

There are ongoing tensions in Russia and Ukraine following a failed mutiny attempt by the Wagner mercenary group, with the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Wagner group under scrutiny.

What to watch: Attention remains focused on any potential fallout from the Wagner group’s attempted mutiny, with questions about the whereabouts of Yevgeny Prigozhin and future actions of Wagner fighters being key.
* American reporter Evan Gershkovich’s condition in a Russian jail, after the U.S. ambassador to Russia was finally allowed access, is also of interest.
* This week, Turkey and Sweden are expected to discuss Sweden’s potential NATO membership in Brussels and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is due to preview a summit in Lithuania.

Last week’s events: A mercenary rebellion triggered a series of political and economic repercussions in Russia, which Putin sought to downplay in a speech thanking military and security services.
* Yevgeny Prigozhin’s media entities, including Russia’s renowned online troll factory, reportedly shut down following his mutiny attempt.
* The U.S. and NATO deny involvement in the mutiny, with CIA Director William Burns personally assuring his Russian counterpart of this.

Ongoing conflict: Despite internal strife, Russia’s conflict with Ukraine continued, with Ukraine reclaiming some territory and Russia arresting a top commander.
* A Russian missile reportedly struck a pizza restaurant in Ukraine, causing multiple casualties.
* Ukrainian prosecutors charged three individuals for allegedly deporting orphans from Kherson, a move that aligns with a broader International Criminal Court case regarding the removal of Ukrainian children by Russia.

What’s next: The broader implications of the Wagner uprising and its impact on Putin’s rule and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine remain uncertain.
* Future actions of the Wagner group and the response from Russian officials will be closely monitored.

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