Russia’s President Vladimir Putin responded to the Wagner agression with an deal with to the nation.
Putin mentioned Wanger chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s actions have been a “betrayal,” “treason” and a “stab within the again.”
Notably, he didn’t use Prigozhin’s title.
Right here is Putin’s full deal with based on the social media account Conflict Translated, which specialises in translating into English communications referring to the warfare.
I’ve bolded the notably related components.
“I attraction to the residents of Russia, to the personnel of the armed forces, regulation enforcement and safety companies, fighters and commanders presently preventing on their positions, repelling the enemy assaults, doing it heroically. I spoke to the commanders in all instructions final night time,” Putin mentioned.
“I attraction additionally to those that have been deceptively pulled into the prison journey, pushed in the direction of a critical crime of an armed mutiny.
“Russia right this moment is main essentially the most troublesome warfare for its future, repelling the aggression of neo-nazis and their handlers.
“In opposition to us, the entire army, economical and data machines of the West are turned.
“We struggle for the lives and safety of our folks. For our sovereignty and independence. The proper to stay Russia, a state with 1000 years of historical past.
“It’s a battle the place the destiny of our folks is set requires uniting of all our forces, unity, consolidation and duty. All the pieces else that weakens us should be shoved to the aspect.
“Our exterior enemies are utilizing any arguments to undermine us from inside. Thus, actions splitting our unity is a betrayal of our folks, our fight brothers who struggle now on the frontline.
“It’s a strike behind our nation and our folks. Precisely this strike was dealt in 1917 when the nation was in WW1, however its victory was stolen.
“Intrigues, and arguments behind the military’s again turned out to be the best disaster, destruction of the military and the state, lack of big territories, leading to a tragedy and a civil warfare.
“Russians have been killing Russians, brothers killing brothers. However the beneficiaries have been varied political chevaliers of fortune and international powers who divided the nation, and tore it into components. We is not going to let this occur. We are going to shield our folks and state from any threats, together with inside betrayal.
“What we’re dealing with is precisely inside betrayal. Extraordinary ambitions and private pursuits led to treason.
“Treason of their very own nation and folks and of the case that fighters of Wagner have been dying for alongside our troopers. Heroes who liberated Soledar and Artemivsk, cities and cities of the Donbas.
“They fought and have been giving lives to Novorossiya and the unity of the Russian world. Their title and glory have been additionally betrayed by those that are attempting to organise the mutiny, pushing the nation into anarchy and brother-killing, to a defeat, ultimately, and capitulation.
“Repeat: any inside mutiny is a lethal menace to our state, to us as a nation. It’s a strike towards our nation, our folks. And our actions to defend the fatherland from such a menace will likely be brutal.
“Anybody who consciously went on the trail of betrayal, who ready the armed mutiny, went on the trail of blackmail and terrorist actions, will take an inevitable punishment. They may reply to the regulation and our folks.
“The Armed Forces and different departments have been correctly instructed. Further anti-terrorist measures are actually being applied in Moscow, Moscow area, and quite a lot of different areas. Decisive actions will likely be taken to stabilise the state of affairs in Rostov-on-Don.
It stays troublesome. The operation of civilian and army management departments is virtually blocked.
As a President of Russia and the Supreme Commander, as a citizen of Russia, I’ll do every thing to defend the nation, shield the Structure, lives and security, liberty of the residents.
Those that ready the army mutiny, who increase weapons towards fight brothers, have betrayed Russia, and pays for this.
And people who are being pulled into the crime, I’m asking to not make this significant, tragic, unrepeatable mistake. Do the one proper selection – cease taking part in prison actions.