An “anti-terrorist operation regime” was still in effect in Moscow on Sunday, a day after Wagner mercenaries threatened to invade the Russian capital, creating a severe security dilemma for President Vladimir Putin. The Wagner mercenaries were mutinous and threatened to storm the city.
After mediation by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, the Kremlin confirmed on Saturday that Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin, who led the uprising, will be transported to Belarus. Prigozhin was the leader of the rebellion.
On Sunday, it was unclear where Prigozhin was, but Moscow said that the accusations of “armed rebellion” that had been brought against him would be withdrawn, and that his warriors would also not be punished.
Prigozhin, who was providing the public with updates on Wagner’s rebellion via audio messages on Telegram on Saturday, has not yet specified when he will depart from his nation and travel to Belarus, which is allied with the Kremlin.
At the same time that Prigozhin’s soldiers looked to be advancing on the city, the anti-terrorist regime was implemented in Moscow on Saturday, and people were asked by the authorities to limit their mobility.
A day off of work that was instituted on Monday to reduce the amount of people moving about the city for security concerns will continue to be in effect, according to the authorities in Moscow.
According to Russian official media, regular traffic patterns have been restored in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, which Wagner forces evacuated late on Saturday night after seizing the primary army headquarters there.
It showed employees cleaning the streets outside of the military headquarters as well as outside the gates of the local circus, which a tank had gotten stuck outside of the day before.
On Saturday, the authorities in the Kaluga area, which is located south of Moscow, said that they were beginning to ease traffic restrictions that had been implemented to put an end to the Wagner insurrection.
Emergency services were able to put out a massive fire at an oil depot that had burnt during the mutiny in the city of Voronezh, which is located in the south of Russia. The army had claimed the previous day that it was leading “combat” there.
The authorities had not provided an explanation as to what caused the fire, which was shown as a massive black cloud in photographs shared on social media. Before there was an explosion in the region, several Russian media outlets said there was a helicopter in the vicinity.