Wagner Member Accused of Executing Fellow Fighters

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Russian state media reported on July 18 that Wagner mercenaries executed two of their partners for refusing to be part of the mutiny against the Kremlin in June. The media outlets said that the Telegram news channel Mash showed that the corpses of these soldiers were discovered on July 6. The bodies were allegedly lying on a highway that runs between the occupied eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk and the Russian city of Voronezh.

Apparently, the dead soldiers were next to a bullet-riddled van with official license plates. The bodies had numerous bullet holes, and the vehicle was filled with weapons, including grenades, machine guns, ammunition, and 3 AK-74 assault rifles. The Russian Telegram news channel published the picture of the corpses using a blur filter. However, the bodies and the van can be seen.

Russian state media said that another Telegram channel named Baza reported that while the soldiers were dressed in military uniforms, they didn’t have any identification papers. This channel also revealed that an autopsy determined that the victims were shot to death, adding that authorities haven’t been able to identify them.

These executions were revealed after Russian police arrested Wagner’s commander Yaroslav Shehovtsov, who admitted being the one who killed them. The police said that the 25-year-old man, who is currently facing two murder charges, told officers he did this as the soldiers were refusing to “follow orders” during the mutiny.

In a statement, the Voronezh Investigation Committee confirmed Shehovtsov’s arrest and confession during interrogation. Pro-Kremlin journalists said after the statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin should “take actions” against Wagner’s leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Prigozhin decided to start the military rebellion against the Kremlin following clashes about topics related to the war in Ukraine and the eventual attack against his troops. While he took two cities and was already marching with his soldiers to Moscow, he decided to stop the mutiny right before entering the Russian capital. It was later revealed that the rebellion ended after the Kremlin offered him and his group full amnesty and an exile in Belarus. 

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