Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the plane carrying Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin was brought down by a grenade blast.
In a statement released on Friday, the Kremlin said that Putin had spoken with Prigozhin about the incident and that the two men had agreed that the most likely cause of the crash was a grenade blast.
The statement said that Prigozhin’s plane had been flying over a disputed area of eastern Ukraine when it was hit by the grenade. The statement said that the grenade blast had caused the plane to lose altitude and crash.
The statement also said that Putin had expressed his condolences to Prigozhin’s family and friends.
The crash of Prigozhin’s plane comes at a time when the Russian military is facing increasing setbacks in Ukraine. In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military has launched a series of successful counterattacks, which have forced the Russians to retreat from some areas.
The crash of Prigozhin’s plane is also a blow to the Wagner Group, which has been playing an increasingly important role in the Russian military’s operations in Ukraine. The Wagner Group is a private military company that has been accused of human rights abuses.
The crash of Prigozhin’s plane is likely to have a significant impact on the Russian military’s operations in Ukraine. It is unclear how the Russians will replace Prigozhin’s role, and it is possible that the crash will lead to a delay in the Russian military’s operations.